McCRORY: House Bill 2 backlash hurting his job search
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 17, 2017,
Mar 17, 2017, 3:57
Now, as a staunch supporter of North Carolina's infamous anti-transgender "bathroom bill" HB2, McCrory is having a tough time finding new employment. But instead of taking responsibility for his discriminatory actions, he blames progressives for tarnishing his reputation. In a podcast interview recently with WORLD, an Asheville-based evangelical Christian news website, McCrory talked about his challenges on the job market.
McCrory ended up adding protections for sexual orientation and gender identity via an executive order, but he left the bathroom portion of the bill untouched. People are reluctant to hire me because, "Oh my gosh". I'm a libertarian, on many of these issues but I don't think the city government, a state government, a federal government should be able to tell the private sector what the new definition of "gender" is.
The law he signed a year ago struck down local nondiscrimination ordinances and requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates. The former governor said some universities are reluctant to offer him a job because of student protests, while other companies are simply trying to avoid the public relations nightmare of hiring him. "It's nearly as if I broke a law".
Mr. McCrory declined to say where he's working now, but told The News & Observer that he's keeping his options open. After the law was enacted last March, Deutche Bank opted out of to its plan to add 400 employees in the state, and Paypal withdrew plans for a 400-employee operations center in Charlotte.
"That's not the way our American system should operate - having people purged due to political thought", he said.
After signing the anti-trans legislature House Bill 2 into law, former North Carolina Gov.
Democrat Roy Cooper narrowly defeated McCrory's re-election bid in November to become governor.
Pat McCrory has had a hard time finding a new job since he lost to Democrat Roy Cooper.