HRC President Chad Griffin, ENC Executive Director Chris Sgro, and transgender advocate Candis Cox issued the following joint statement in response to a false statement made by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory during Rotary Club remarks in Charlotte today.
“Word for word, Governor McCrory lied to North Carolinians today. In the wake of HB2’s passage six months ago, we hand-delivered a letter from more than 100 CEOs and business leaders urging Governor McCrory to repeal the bill, and we warned Governor McCrory about the damage he had set in motion. During the meeting, we asked him to fix the problem he created and to work with us on a constructive path forward to repealing HB2. We also asked him to meet with LGBTQ North Carolinians, which he has still not done. Instead of working with us, Governor McCrory has attacked us publicly and has continued to falsely characterize our conversation. North Carolinians deserve better. We told the governor that if he didn’t fix the disaster he created, that he alone would be responsible for tarnishing the reputation of the state and killing jobs. We urged him to consult other Republican governors that have gone through similar battles but who did the right thing, including Governors Deal and Daugaard.”
McCrory — who refused to allow cameras into the meeting earlier this year with Griffin, Sgro and Cox — has made ever-evolving statements about what occurred at this meeting over the last six months. But, speaking to the Rotary Club in Charlotte, NC today, Governor McCrory offered an entirely fictional account of the meeting and HRC President Chad Griffin’s remarks.