Where's Gov. McCrory? Tracking Him Down After Latest HB2 Fallout

WFMY News 2 spent Wednesday in Raleigh trying to get Governor Pat McCrory on the record over NCAA and ACC decisions to pull championship games from North Carolina of House Bill 2.

The Governor released a statement around 6 p.m. Wednesday night:

"The issue of redefining gender and basic norms of privacy will be resolved in the near future in the United States court system for not only North Carolina, but the entire nation. I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation’s judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging government overreach."

His Press Secretary Graham Wilson told WFMY News 2's Erica Stapleton Governor McCrory hasn't been here since the beginning of the week.

He says the McCrory has been at a Republican Governors Association meeting Wednesday and hasn't been available to give interviews.

According to the Republican Governors Association - the organization is meeting September 13-14 in Boston.

The Governor also sent a statement Tuesday about the NCAA's decision to pull championship events:

"The issue of redefining gender and basic norms of privacy will be resolved in the near future in the United States court system for not only North Carolina, but the entire nation. I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation’s judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging government overreach. Sadly, the NCAA, a multi-billion dollar, tax-exempt monopoly, failed to show this respect at the expense of our student athletes and hard-working men and women."

Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger is out of the country.  His office says he's celebrating his wedding anniversary.
 
House Speaker Tim Moore was also away from Raleigh Wednesday, but he sent a statement:
 
“It is very unfortunate that the NCAA and ACC have decided to move their scheduled events out of North Carolina.  No one ever wants to lose events under any circumstances, but these organizations are certainly entitled to host their events wherever they choose.  The truth remains that this law was never about and does not promote discrimination.  We will continue to advocate that North Carolina is a great place to live, do business, hold events and to visit.” 

State Democrats are still pushing for a repeal of HB2 - they called for another special session Tuesday after news about the NCAA.

Attorney General Roy Cooper echoes that, releasing a video Tuesday - saying "there is no end in sight to the losses we’ll face unless this law is repealed."

 

 

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