A spokesman for North Carolina Governor
Pat McCrory has called for the state's attorney general to resign
over his opposition to a controversial law that targets the LGBT
McCrory has defended his decision to
sign into law House Bill 2, which blocks cities from enacting LGBT
protections and prohibits transgender people from using the bathroom
of their choice in government buildings, including schools.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy
Cooper, a Democrat who is campaigning for McCrory's job, vowed soon
after passage not to defend the law in court and called for its
Last week, McCrory spokesman Ricky Diaz
called for Cooper's resignation after his office asked for an
extension for the state to respond in a federal lawsuit.
“Cooper should resign immediately,”
Diaz told ABC11.com,
“not only for gross incompetence, but also the serious professional
and ethical conflicts of interests he has brought upon himself by
siding with the Obama administration instead of defending North
“He's sending wildly conflicting
messages. And beyond that, he's continuing to trash the law and
refusing to stand up to the Obama administration. His duty as
Attorney General is to defend North Carolina,” Diaz added.
Cooper's office reiterated in a
statement that Cooper will not defend the law in court.