Republican Pat McCrory, the former governor of North Carolina, said on a recent podcast with the Asheville-based WORLD news website that potential employers are reluctant to hire him. McCrory said that even part-time teaching positions seem beyond his reach. He told the The News & Observer of Raleigh on Monday that he is engaged in consulting and advisory boards, but there are universities who fear hiring him because of possible student protests.
The law McCrory signed last year, HB2, struck down local nondiscrimination ordinances while requiring so-called transgender people to use public bathrooms matching the gender on their birth certificates. The backlash prompted cancellation of some sporting events and concerts in North Carolina. On an interview with Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” in February, McCrory complained of what he called an “Orwellian” approach to squelching states with regard to the transgender issue, well also decrying what he called the “hypocrisy” in which some issue merit boycotts by progressives and the federal government, while others do not.
McCrory has continued to defend the controversial law. On WORLD, he said his defense of the bill “has impacted me to this day, even after I left office. People are reluctant to hire me, because, ‘oh my gosh, he’s a bigot’ – which is the last thing I am.”
“That’s not the way our American system should operate – having people purged due to political thought,” he he told The News & Observer.
McCrory explained, “I’ve currently accepted several opportunities in business to do work that I’d done prior to becoming governor in consulting and advisory board positions, and I’ve also been exploring other opportunities in academia, nonprofits and government.” He would not identify the companies he is currently working for.
McCrory declined to name the companies he’s working for. But the former governor said that he’s been considered for part-time university teaching positions – he wouldn’t say where – but that academic leaders “have shown reluctance because of student protests.”
However, he said that he is discussions with the Trump administration.
McCrory complained in an earlier conversation on WORLD that groups opposed HB2 have harmed his reputation. “If you disagree with the politically correct thought police on this new definition of gender, you’re a bigot, you’re the worst of evil,” he said. “It’s almost as if I broke a law.”
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.