NC AG Cooper Refuses to Defend Bathroom Bill in Lawsuit

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper speaks during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, April 11, 2007. Prosecutors dropped all charges Wednesday against the three Duke lacrosse players accused of sexually assaulting a stripper at a party, saying the athletes were innocent victims of a "tragic rush to accuse" by an overreaching district attorney. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

We knew it would be a sticky position for North Carolina’s Attorney General, Roy Cooper. Cooper was named as a defendant in the lawsuit brought against Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina University system, due to the recently passed House Bill 2, appropriately named the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. Cooper is a Democrat who opposes the bill, but because he is North Carolina’s AG, the duty to defend the state against such lawsuits. Cooper is also Governor McCrory’s opponent in the upcoming gubernatorial election.


What is not surprising is Cooper’s refusal to do his job. In a story from The Blaze:

“Not only is this new law a national embarrassment, it will set North Carolina’s economy back if we don’t’ repeal it,” Cooper said. “We know that businesses here and all over the country have taken a strong stance in opposition to this law.”

Indeed, the law, voted on in an emergency session of the general assembly and approved by McCrory as a response to a city ordinance out of Charlotte, NC, has generated a lot of outside pressure. Cultural Marxists from Hollywood, the sports world, and some businesses have all expressed displeasure and a willingness to extort compliance out of the state, if the law isn’t repealed.

For his part, Governor McCrory calls the matter “political theater” and “political correctness gone amok.”

In a further statement, McCrory said:

“I empathize with these people who have some very unique needs. But at the same time it doesn’t mean everyone else should have to compromise a well-established etiquette of men in men’s restrooms and showers and locker rooms.”

Rightly, Republican lawmakers in North Carolina do not trust Cooper to do his job and defend the state against challenges from outside forces. They have also butted heads with Cooper over the voter ID law that requires voters show proof of their identity at polling places, before being allowed to vote. Cooper, true to his party’s line, also objected strongly to the passing of that law.


Having now been made aware of AG Cooper’s weasely refusal to do what the taxpayers of North Carolina pay him to do, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger can feel free to hire outside legal counsel to handle the case.


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