Amid HB2 backlash, RGA chair backs out of NC GOP Convention




Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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Amid HB2 backlash, RGA chair backs out of NC GOP Convention

RALEIGH, N.C. – In a major sign of trouble for Governor McCrory’s flailing re-election campaign, the Chair of the Republican Governor’s Association has canceled her appearance at the NC GOP state convention amid the national backlash to Governor McCrory’s discriminatory law, HB2.


Long considered the nation’s most vulnerable incumbent, the McCrory campaign has consistently trailed challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper in fundraising for over a year. The RGA is expected to play a major role for the McCrory campaign to remain competitive – and RGA Chair Susana Martinez’s appearance at the NC GOP convention was expected to signal national Republicans’ full support of McCrory. That support is clearly now in jeopardy.


“Add the Republican Governor’s Association to the long list of groups distancing themselves from Pat McCrory and North Carolina. Governor Martinez’s decision to back out of her NC visit proves that businesses aren’t the only ones who don’t want to associate with discrimination or Governor McCrory’s damaged brand. If he won’t work to repeal HB2 for the sake of our economy, maybe Governor McCrory will act now that support for his flailing campaign is at stake,” said NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds.


Since the passage of HB2, over 400 businesses have expressed opposition to the law and major conventions and concerts have pulled out of the state in protest. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Governor Martinez’s staff has denied her cancellation is in protest to the law, but simply due to a scheduling conflict. However, the cancellation comes after a month of publicity by the NC Republican Party.


“For about two weeks, the North Carolina Republican Party touted plans by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to speak at its state convention next month. On Monday, however, a Martinez spokesman said she won’t be going to the Tar Heel State.


“Unlike Bruce Springsteen and Cirque du Soleil, who earlier this month canceled performances in North Carolina to protest a controversial law recently signed by the governor there, Martinez did not call off her appearance as a protest, spokesman Chris Sanchez said. Instead, he said, “She has a scheduling conflict and will be in New Mexico that day.” 4/19/16




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