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Democrats tie McCrory to Indiana over LGBT laws

The Democratic Governors Association on Thursday released a web video that seeks to tie North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence over the LGBT laws roiling both states.

Last year, Pence signed into law the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” which prompted a public backlash from businesses and others, much like has happened in North Carolina since McCrory signed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — known as HB2 — into law on March 23.

Pence ended up backing off a little by adding language to the law saying it wasn’t intended to allow discrimination. McCrory has called for eliminating one provision of HB2, restricting employment discrimination lawsuits. But he still supports the core intent of the law requiring people use bathrooms assigned to sex they were born as, not based on gender identity.

The video says both governors blamed the news media for the controversies, and saw their poll numbers decrease. Both governors are running for re-election, and the Democratic Governors Association has targeted both of them.

“North Carolina’s 2016 economic crisis is like a rerun of Indiana in 2015,” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “Pat McCrory knew the damage he could cause to North Carolina’s economy, and chose to pursue his social agenda anyhow.”

Ricky Diaz, McCrory’s campaign spokesman, said, “The DGA is headed by Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, who has one of the worst records on jobs, taxes and government spending in the country and is facing a massive $900 million budget shortfall because of his failed policies. It's clear they want to talk about anything else except the Cooper-Malloy agenda that would destroy North Carolina.”