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November 4, 2013

Spaulding questions Cooper's role on voter ID

Ken Spaulding, a former state legislator who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2016, questioned NC Attorney General Roy Cooper's role in defending the state's new election law.

Over the weekend, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ken Spaulding of Durham said he found it “insulting” that NC Attorney General Roy Cooper was both opposing the new voter ID law as a candidate, while his office was legally defending it in court.

“I don’t want to call any names, but how can this North Carolina Attorney General support the law, oppose this law, then defend this oppressive law – all at the same time,” Spaulding said in remarks prepared for delivery Saturday night to the African American Caucus’ 10th anniversary banquet in Burlington.

“If your job makes you deprive any North Carolinian of their constitutional rights, then maybe you need to find another job,” Spaulding said.

Spaulding, a former state legislator and attorney, is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2016. Cooper, although he has not formally announced, has indicated that he is also likely to seek the Democratic nomination.

Cooper voiced opposition to the voter ID law that was passed by the Republican legislature earlier this year and signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. But his office is charged with defending the state against legal challenges. Several suits have been brought challenging the law.

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