RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory’s reelection campaign called on his Democrat opponent Attorney General Roy Cooper to resign Thursday because he refuses to defend the controversial HB2 law in the courts, according to WTVD.
“Roy Cooper should resign immediately not only for gross incompetence, but also the serious professional and ethical conflicts of interests he has brought upon himself by siding with the Obama administration instead of defending North Carolina,” offered McCrory campaign spokesman Ricky Diaz in a news release.
Earlier in the day, a spokesmen for Roy Cooper’s gubernatorial campaign and his office said the attorney general remains steadfast in his refusal to defend the law.
Campaign spokesman Ford Porter reiterated Cooper’s position the McCrory campaign issued a statement saying the attorney general told a federal court Friday that he intended to represent the state.
McCrory’s statement called Cooper’s stance a “quiet reversal” on the law.
Office spokeswoman Samantha Cole says Cooper’s filing made sure the state had time to file the federal complaint. McCrory said he has told the federal court that his administration will represent the state. Cole says Cooper supports that.
Cooper’s campaign released the following statement in response to Gov. McCrory’s campaign calling on the attorney general to resign:
“It’s clear that Governor McCrory will go to any length and say anything to avoid taking responsibility for his disastrous discrimination law that is costing North Carolina thousands of jobs and millions of dollars. North Carolinians deserve better.”