Republicans file State Bar complaint against Cooper

Posted October 25, 2016

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper and Libertarian Lon Cecil, right to left, engage in a gubernatorial debate at WRAL studios in Raleigh on Oct. 18, 2016. (Photo by Al Robinson/WRAL)

— The North Carolina Republican Party has filed a grievance with the State Bar against Roy Cooper, the Democratic candidate for governor, following a debate hosted by WRAL News.

Cooper, the state's attorney general, faced off against Republican Gov. Pat McCrory last week. In the midst of a discussion over government transparency, Cooper pointed to questions surrounding McCrory's handling of a state prison contract.

"If he wants to talk about political contributions, he had a contributor who said he wanted something for his contribution in return. Gov. McCrory gave him a private prison contract over the objections of his staff," Cooper said. "If you want to talk about political contributions, governor, you're the one who now has an FBI criminal investigation."

McCrory responded that Cooper should "resign right now" for making that allegation.

In fact, McCrory had faced questions from the FBI, but the day after the debate, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office said prosecutors had concluded their probe of the matter in February. McCrory's denial was the first public mention that the probe had concluded.

In the Republican Party's complaint, Chairman Robin Hayes says Cooper should have known the investigation had concluded.

"I am troubled by the impact of the statements on the integrity of our elective process," Hayes wrote.

Cooper's campaign said it was McCrory, not Cooper, who had explaining to do.

"This political attack from the Republican Party has no basis in reality," said Ford Porter, a spokesman for Cooper. "Gov. McCrory has yet to explain when he met with the FBI, the nature of the investigation and when the inquiry concluded. He should do so now."


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  • Aiden Audric Oct 26, 2016
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    Read his oath. He did his job as legally required and as he pledged.

    Technically, McCrory does have an FBI criminal investigation. Status: closed.

    All that aside, sounds like McCrory is launching his new line of cologne, "Desperation". Although it smells exactly like a huge "bathroom mistake".

  • Lance Boyle Oct 26, 2016
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    Not sure when McCoalAsh will hold a news conference with crocodile tears for those that will soon be diagnosed with cancer. Wait, I do know when, Never, he will just let me us continue to be exposed and hope he is retired when we get sick.

  • Lance Boyle Oct 26, 2016
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    Pay$ McCoalAsh is confused yet again. And private prisons is bad news for everyone. Reminds me of Garbage collection contracts in the North; wise guys.

  • James Grimes Jr. Oct 26, 2016
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    Cooper needs to drop out. He has refused to do his job to defend laws passed by the General Assembly. And now, he has failed to follow up with the FBI, on a concern with our governor.

  • Ken Ackerman Oct 26, 2016
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    Since when does McCrory care about "Integrity"?

  • Judy Loftin Oct 26, 2016
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    Cooper needs to throw in the towel. (in the men's Locker room)