by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Responding to Gov.-elect Roy Cooper’s announcement that the N.C. General Assembly would return to Raleigh Tuesday to take up repeal of House Bill 2, the leaders of the N.C. House and Senate are telling a different story.
Here’s a joint statement from Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland:
“Today 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. For months, we’ve said if Charlotte would repeal its bathroom ordinance that created the problem, we would take up the repeal of HB2. 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.”