House Bill 2 may play a role in NC governor's race

Published: Mar. 29, 2016 at 11:29 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2016 at 11:30 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The aftershocks of House Bill 2 are still being felt one week after the North Carolina General Assembly made its decisive vote.

In what has now become a gubernatorial campaign issue, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper weighed in on the legislation by saying it has the potential to damage the state's economy.

"Discrimination is wrong, period," Cooper said. "Not only is this new law a national embarrassment, it will set North Carolina's economy back if we don't repeal it."

One day earlier, Governor Pat McCrory reaffirmed his support for House Bill 2, and downplayed any potential backlash from companies that now don't want to do business in the Tar Heel state.

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"I've had very positive conversations with many many different parties who, once they get the facts, say 'we understand,'" McCrory said.

A statement from the City of Atlanta says Georgia's largest city may be in the process of taking the 2017 NBA All-Star Game from the Queen City.

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Charlotte City Council member Ed Driggs feels there should be a cooling off period.

"I'm hoping we could get back to the basics with time." Driggs told WBTV. "So I'm saying let's look again in six months at what lasting effect it's had on North Carolina's reputation and Charlotte's ability to attract business."

Long-term impact is what concerns the attorney general.

"Businesses here and all over the country have taken a strong stance in opposition to this law, and even conventions and sporting event organizers are rethinking their plans," Cooper said.

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However, the governor sees it differently.

"I have not had one corporation tell me they are threatening to leave," McCrory told reporters in Clayton, NC on Monday.

Late Tuesday afternoon, WBTV received a statement from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.

It states, in part, "We are extremely concerned about the state legislation in place... as we continue to hear negative feedback... and potential event cancellations from our customers."

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