North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory makes remarks concerning House Bill 2 while speaking during a government affairs conference in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can’t be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department has said.Photo: AP Photo/Gerry Broome
It’s not every day a newspaper endorses the governor of a neighboring state, but the editorial board of the Roanoke Times — in Virginia — has given its blessing to the re-election campaign of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory — of North Carolina.
Tongue planted firmly in cheek, the newspaper explained why it endorsed McCrory:
“Which candidate would do the most to help our local economy? That’s easy. It’s Pat McCrory, the Republican governor of North Carolina, who’s seeking his second four-year term in the November election. We can point to specific and multiple ways he has helped the economy — our economy.”
The Times pointed to McCrory’s signature legislation, House Bill 2, as having spurred “companies and even sports leagues” to move their events across the border.
“Three of those have wound up in Salem — the NCAA Division III men’s and women’s soccer championships, as well as the Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football championship. That’s money in the bank for us.”
“Feel free to argue all you want which presidential candidate would be best, but it’s clear that Virginia would be best served if North Carolina re-elected McCrory,” the Times board concluded.
Read the entire editorial endorsement here.