One would struggle to find a political figure more odious, save Donald Trump, than that of Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory who ceremoniously signed this year a law which codified discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
The law in question, House Bill 2, aka the “Charlotte bathroom bill” or officially as it is known the “Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act” (PFPSA) nullified city laws which offered expanded protections, that were merely extensions of protections offered to individuals who identify as heterosexual. Charlotte’s ordinance allowed individuals to choose the restroom of their choice which corresponded with the gender which they identified. That, however, is no more as state law trumps city law.
Presently McCrory is fighting for his political life in a heated election against Democratic challenger and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. The two met on a debate stage Oct. 18 and McCrory wasted no time attempting to blame his bigotry on liberals as if he were merely an innocent bystander. McCrory said:
The left brought this issue up, not the right.
McCrory was correct in a sense, as the left did bring up the subject of treating all citizens of North Carolina equally under the law, regardless of who they are, which is certainly a foreign concept to Republicans who are only interested in the equal treatment of those who are white and male and Christian. McCrory further stated:
I will not accept the radical changes that Roy Cooper and Jennifer Roberts have brought to North Carolina. Had that not been there, I don’t think we would have had a problem. Because I don’t believe in any kind of discrimination.
Sure he doesn’t.
Cooper fired back at McCrory’s assertion and said, “This is all he can talk about. This is why North Carolina is having a problem with its reputation. If a local government wants to protect people from being fired because they’re gay, HB 2 says you can’t do that.” Cooper further stated the PFPSA prevents cities from raising the minimum wage for their workers when North Carolina is ranked 28th in per capita income nationwide with an average of a little over $20,000 annually generated per household.
McCrory’s despicable law caused, among other financial repercussions, the National Basketball Association to pull out of their commitment to host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte stating, “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.”
Democratic state representative Chris Sgro stated the PFPSA has cost North Carolina $500 million in revenue, and that number would inevitably climb, “We’ve already lost $500 million in economic impact and now we are violating federal civil rights law and risking Title IX funding. This is a travesty and embarrassment for North Carolina.”
Polls show that Cooper continues to increase his lead against McCrory that has been flirting with a double digit advantage for months. Hopefully McCrory’s reign of bigoted terror will soon come to a close when the citizens of North Carolina head to the ballot box in November. Republicans have had a death grip upon the North Carolina General Assembly since 2010 and presently have 75 seats in the 120 member House. Democratic leaders are confident that they will be able to end the super majority held by Republicans, and possibly retake the chamber entirely both in thanks to McCrory’s failing popularity.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.