Gov. Pat McCrory had hoped the opportunity to trumpet a $1.8 billion insulin plant in Clayton – the largest single manufacturing investment ever in North Carolina – would emphasize his first term’s success in creating jobs and improving the economy.
A rapidly growing list of companies had been calling for the law to be repealed, and the fallout was creating national attention. Once again, McCrory was being tugged toward a contentious social issue while he tried to emphasize the state’s improving economy, lower unemployment rate, projected budget surplus and its concerted effort to attract jobs, especially in growing industries.
It’s likely that the legislation will go over well with the Republican governor’s conservative base. But it could undermine McCrory’s portrayal of himself as a centrist countering a liberal opponent, state Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat
Video of Charlotte's citizens singing, "let it be"