North Carolina’s governor-elect, Roy Cooper doesn’t take office until January 1, 2017, but he’s already strutting about like King Rooster on the barnyard.
Cooper announced today that a special session of state lawmakers would be called on Tuesday, in order to grant a full repeal of HB2, the controversial law that restricted access to public bathrooms, according to gender.
The left have long pushed for anything-goes access to bathrooms in businesses and especially schools, so when the Republican-led General Assembly of North Carolina drafted the bill, which was promptly signed into law in March 2016 by Governor Pat McCrory, it gained nationwide attention.
Mostly whining and spitting from the left. President Obama even declared an unconstitutional, breathtaking edict of open bathrooms for all, in all schools across the nation.
He threatened to cut off funds for schools and public safety to North Carolina.
His despicable Department of (social) Justice threatened to sue.
Governor McCrory responded by suing them, first.
It has been a long season of boycotts, anti-McCrory, bleeding heart speeches from people with no vested interest in the well-being of the state, and an election that saw one of the most successful governors in the state’s history bested, not by HB2, but by feckless Republicans who revenge-voted on single issues, such as toll roads on I-77, north of Charlotte, and cuts to incentives for the movie industry in Wilmington.
McCrory announced that he’d called the special session earlier Monday.
Sorry, Roy. This isn’t some great show of power over the state legislature on your part. McCrory gave you this parting gift.
It isn’t exactly McCrory totally giving up the fight, either.
Cooper and McCrory’s statements came after the Charlotte City Council voted on a measure Monday to repeal its controversial non-discrimination ordinance, commonly known as the ‘bathroom’ ordinance.
The ordinance was pushed through the council in early 2016, just months into Mayor Jennifer Roberts’ tenure, and required businesses to allow people to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity.
That’s right. The very thing that McCrory and Republican law makers had asked for the entire time – repeal the Charlotte City Ordinance, first – has suddenly become doable for the Charlotte City Council.
News leaked out during the election season that the city council had been willing to repeal the ordinance earlier, but Cooper and Democrat law makers urged them to hang on until after the election, as they hoped the boycotts and economic damage to the state would be enough to win the election for them.
Well, they got McCrory gone, but as I said, it wasn’t the bathroom bill that did it. In fact, the bill was rather popular, even with the boycotts, in most of the rural areas of the state.
North Carolina’s working class parents don’t really like the idea of their children’s schools becoming laboratories for the social justice experimentation of the liberal left.
Still, Cooper, who has, in essence, been neutered by the recently signed legislation that has given most control of the state back to the general assembly, needs to crow about something.
“I hope they will keep their word to me and with the help of Democrats in the legislature, HB2 will be repealed in full,” Cooper said.
Yeah. About that. Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore, both Republicans, have a little to say on that.
Berger and Moore both released a statement that said “Roy Cooper and Jennifer Roberts proved what we said was the case all along: their efforts to force men into women’s bathrooms and shower facilities was a political stunt to drive out-of-state money into the governor’s race.”
In contrast to Cooper statement concerning a special session, the Republican leaders said it’s McCrory’s decision, not Coopers.
“But Roy Cooper is not telling the truth about the legislature committing to call itself into session – we’ve always said that was Gov. McCrory’s decision, and if he calls us back, we will be prepared to act. For Cooper to say otherwise is a dishonest and disingenuous attempt to take credit.”
I’ll feel sorry for Cooper when I stop laughing.
Governor McCrory issued this statement, ahead of Cooper’s impotent posturing:
“Governor McCrory has always publicly advocated a repeal of the overreaching Charlotte ordinance. But those efforts were always blocked by Jennifer Roberts, Roy Cooper and other Democratic activists,” said McCrory spokesman Graham Wilson. “This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics and winning the governor’s race at the expense of Charlotte and our entire state. As promised, Governor McCrory will call a special session.”
So that’s one contentious chapter in North Carolina history closed.
I truly wish Governor McCrory well. This election should have ended differently.
That being said, it now falls to the state GOP, who hold the majority in the General Assembly, to blunt any damage Cooper and his far left puppet masters attempt to inflict on the state.