The North Carolina Republican Party has released an online video ad criticizing state Attorney General Roy Cooper, the Democratic nominee for governor, for not acting against Charlotte’s anti-discrimination ordinance.
The ordinance, part of which allows transgender people to use the bathroom matching the gender with which they identify, was scheduled to take effect April 1. It prompted a special session of the General Assembly on Wednesday to invalidate the bathroom provision.
“The reason lawmakers were forced to call a special session in the first place was because Roy Cooper’s campaign supporters on the Charlotte City Council brought this measure up in the first place and Cooper refused to do his job and take action to protect families and children as attorney general,” said Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the NCGOP, in announcing the ad.
The 90-second ad, which can be viewed at nando.com/ad1, begins with a clip showing Cooper saying that “one of the things I want to make sure of is that kids are safe.” It then shows clips of TV anchors and reporters, followed by unidentified voices, talking about the Charlotte ordinance, and a quote from an Associated Press story that says Cooper had expressed no need to act against it.
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The ad then shows news clips of statements against the ordinance by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who is running for re-election, and by state Senate leader Phil Berger. It ends with a slide that says “Roy Cooper: Wrong Priorities,” and a website address: roycooperforgovernor.com, which is actually a parody website paid for by the NCGOP.
Asked for comment, the Cooper campaign released a video statement by Cooper on the special session bill, in which he says:
“North Carolina is better than this. Discrimination is wrong, period. That North Carolina is making discrimination part of the law is shameful. It will not only cause real harm to families, but to our economy as well.
We have seen how this played out when Indiana tried it — business left the state, or thought twice about bringing in new jobs, and millions of dollars in revenue was lost.”