Election 2016

Pat McCrory Concedes to Roy Cooper

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Great news -- Mister Bathroom Bill himself North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has conceded the race to his challenger state Attorney General Roy Cooper.

As recently as Friday it appeared McCrory was going to drag this fight out as long as possible, but McCrory conceded this morning in a video message his office published on Youtube.

Republicans still control both state houses in North Carolina, so governor-elect Cooper will have his work cut out for him, but it was Governor McCrory's office that has carried on the legal fight against transgender men and women who simply want to use the bathroom in private.

To the best of my knowledge, Governor Cooper will not be legally obligated to carry on that fight but the state legislature may make it difficult for him to reverse the anti-transgender bathroom bill HB2 which they passed in a one-day special session early this year.

If nothing else, I think it's safe to say the law will never be enforced even if it's not immediately repealed.

Legislators in several states considered and even advanced bathroom bills over the past two years, but North Carolina was the first state to actually codify such a law. The state has paid a heavy economic price for it, losing hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity in the form of withdrawn tournament events and canceled business development.

  • muselet

    Great news, indeed. I read Pat McCrory was making noises about mounting a legal challenge last night.

    That said, what a graceless, petulant concession. “Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process”? Yeah, that’s just a giant middle finger raised at Roy Cooper and a green light to the Rs in the Lege to pass lots and lots of voter-suppression bills.

    North Carolina is well rid of McCrory. However, we can expect him to appear again, maybe as a cabinet official in the Trump administration or as a senatorial candidate in 2020.



    • ninjaf

      He is ambitious enough and was loyal enough for either of those scenarios. My guess is he has already been approached by the transition team, which is why he conceded. The recount was expected to be completed this evening, it is my understanding, so that would explain why he would just go ahead and give up the ghost now. It makes the official results of the recount old news and no one is likely to pay attention.

  • kingfrazer

    Cooper is facing down a veto-proof majority. I’m just hoping that enough of the Republican legislators are pro-business types who don’t give a shit who uses which bathroom–our only hope. Because HB2 is killing us, especially those of us in big cities. We could have raked in millions with the ACC championship this weekend but for too many politicians willing to cut off their noses to spite their faces.

    • Georgie

      I think this will be the general tone for the next 4 years.

    • ninjaf

      Before the elections, there were multiple reps who had started waivering. So, I am hopeful that they will work to get it repealed.

    • ninjaf

      Also, not sure how I forgot this…we get new elections next year. So, it might not take as long we one might think. Maybe.

  • Badgerite

    Cooper concedes. It’s a Festivus Miracle.

    • ninjaf

      Cooper wins; McCrory conceded. 😉

      • Badgerite

        Oops. That’s right. Sorry. More coffee is in order.

      • Badgerite

        Fixed it. Thanks.

        • ninjaf

          Deleting my original comment. Hopefully, it takes this whole thread with it. 🙂

        • ninjaf

          Oops…should’ve known better! LOL

  • Badgerite

    This rather demonstrates just how much actual power issues of civil rights and equal treatment under the law still have in this country and hopefully always will. We do not ‘cave’ on these fundamental issues to satisfy anyone. Use the law. Use your pocket book. Use the vote.