A former Charlotte mayor is targeting the current mayor – in his gubernatorial campaign.
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign released an email Monday blaming Mayor Jennifer Roberts, a Democrat, for backing the ordinance that prompted House Bill 2.
The email takes a swipe at McCrory’s Democratic opponent, Attorney General Roy Cooper, as well as Roberts.
“Roy Cooper Ally Jennifer Roberts Admitted She Thought About Leaving Out The Bathroom Mandate, But Pushed It Through Anyway,” a headline says.
In January, Roberts backed a City Council ordinance that extended anti-discrimination protection to the LGBT community and allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.
Republican lawmakers responded in March with HB2, which among other things pre-empted the Charlotte ordinance.
It’s unusual for a governor to target a mayor as part of his re-election campaign.
“The clips … should help refresh your memory that the topic of bathrooms was first raised by the radical left when – over warnings from the governor and other state leaders that they should have left restroom norms way they were and focus on (other) things … Roy Cooper’s allies decided to push through Charlotte’s radical bathroom mandate anyway,” said McCrory campaign spokesman Ricky Diaz.
A Roberts spokesman declined to comment.
Mayor calls for repeal
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts on Tuesday called for the General Assembly to repeal all of House Bill 2.
In a statement from her spokesperson, Roberts said HB2 is “costing jobs and businesses every day for Charlotte and North Carolina families. We need to get back to growing jobs and our economy, demonstrating that all are welcome in North Carolina and that discrimination is not acceptable.”
Roberts was one of the biggest supporters of Charlotte’s expanded nondiscrimination ordinance, which was invalidated when HB2 passed in March.