FIRST ON 3: McCrory: Cooper could be witness against NC in voter ID suit

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Submitted: Fri, 10/04/2013 - 4:05pm
Updated: Mon, 10/07/2013 - 2:20am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Pat McCrory says Attorney General Roy Cooper could wind up a witness against the state of North Carolina in a lawsuit the US Department of Justice filed against the state’s new voter ID law.

“Political statements by an attorney general or by any lawyer can have a detriment(al) impact on their ability to defend our state,” McCrory said.

During a visit to Cape Fear Community College, McCrory, a Republican, was asked if he agrees with the opinion of one of his legal advisers that Cooper, a Democrat, compromised his ability to represent the state in the lawsuit. McCrory said he agreed with the assessment of counsel Bob Stephens.

“The dilemma we have is the attorney general, even after the bill was signed and even after two lawsuits were submitted against the state, the attorney general continued to send out political mailings and make public comments very strongly against the laws that the North Carolina legislature (passed) and then I signed and that now the Attorney General of the United States is challenging us on,” McCrory said. “And so it is very important that I have someone fighting for us who agrees with voter ID.”

McCrory has retained at taxpayers’ expense a South Carolina lawyer with close ties to the Republican Party who bills $360 an hour.

“His comments are even in the docket, which was presented to the state of North Carolina from Attorney General (Eric) Holder,” McCrory said. “So our own attorney general is quoted in the lawsuit against the state of North Carolina. That puts us at a disadvantage.”

Cooper has said it is his duty as both an elected official and legal professional to vigorously defend the state in court, even if he personally disagrees with arguments made by his office.

“Our office has successfully defended laws that the Attorney General doesn’t agree with before,” NCDOJ spokeswoman Noelle Talley told WWAY in an e-mail Friday. “We don’t think this is the time to be wasting taxpayers’ money on unnecessary outside lawyers. This office will continue to do its duty under the law to defend the state in court.”


  • Guest1945 says:

    In most contests or races (political office, beauty pageant, etc.) the goal is to select the most appropriate person. Whether they are the smartest, the prettiest, or just the best fit for the position; that is typically the goal. Well, my fellow southeast NC citizens (who voted) we have failed ourselves, our neighbors, and our fellow citizens of this great state. Not only have we selected the dumbest, we have selected those who find it appropriate to discriminate against the very people they represent; in the interest of politics. It’s a disgrace to live in a State where our governor and local representation worked so hard to remove one of our most protected constitutional rights – the right to vote. Personally, I feel that Roy Cooper has done an outstanding job as Attorney General and is capable of defending this law regardless of his personal beliefs. However, he isn’t the mold of most politicians and has come forward with his concerns of this discriminatory law. For that, I say Thank You Mr. Attorney General. Governor Pat McCrory, and sponsors Representative Rick Catlin, and Representative Ted Davis should be ashamed of their actions. It’s vividly obvious they are not equally representing those of us who put our trust in their ability to serve. So many people get worked up over such instances but not all of us feel it’s important to vote. I hope that changes. I hope everyone takes note and makes their voices heard on election day… for the protection of our constitutional rights, the future of North Carolina, and the future of our nation.

  • Guest9742 says:

    At $360.00 an hour this guy is going to milk NC taxpayers for every dime he can get, McCrory should be ashamed but no one should be surprised at what he is doing and believe me this is just the tip of the iceberg…”you ain’t seen nothing yet.” He could have gotten Tommie Goolsby for a lot less!!

  • Guest2020 says:

    More like shame on Roy Cooper. We sure do need laws in North Carolina to allow for recall elections. If he isn’t capable of doing his job properly, then he should go.

  • legal american says:

    Obama and his buddy Eric Holden need to keep their noses out of North Carolina. they keep stirring the pot up, some might get on them

  • GuestJeff says:

    So sorry Patsy, but your “laws” are just as pathetic as you are. Welcome to the ring where the big boys play!

  • Guest:) says:

    I knew I smelled a RAT! It was either that or raw sewage. Now I know…

  • wilm tax payer says:

    only reason the republicans put that law on the book is to stop poor/ blacks from voting, dont let the them fool you . im a poor white person whos know what they up too. they like snakes only good ones are the dead ones,

  • GuestMan. says:

    Troll time again.

  • guesty says:

    Keep telling yourself that over and over while you live off tax dollars.

  • Guest 1492 says:

    silly little man. how many user names do you actually post under?

  • Snakes??? says:

    How does poor or black have anything to do with an ID? A state ID or drivers license lasts for about 5 years. You can’t fork up money for an ID but you can fork up money to bail people out, buy beer and cigs, and put gas in your car? Boy, do we have out priorities mixed up.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Being poor doesn’t even factor into the equation. Starting in January, ID’s will be issued free of charge.

  • NC Citizen says:

    Indian, Hispanic, white or black all have the right to vote…if they are legal citizens of the North Carolina and the United States. They must show identification of both in order to vote. How about a birth certificate? No? Then a valid NC License will do.

  • Guest45 says:

    moral to the story, never trust a demoRAT

  • Guestsfly says:

    We don’t have any Republican lawyers in NC?

  • Guest000000 says:

    Just superimpose a Charlie Chaplin mustache on that photo and I think you get the gist.

  • HotDog says:

    I’m still waiting to find out how this whole voter ID thing is racist. What does having an ID have to do with race? The racist thing, I would think, is that some people assume minorities are too inept to get an ID.

  • Vog46 says:

    With a lot of things cooper and McCrory do the LAST thing ANY governor should want is a “yes” man as AG. Remember Cooper, although elected IS a member of or affiliated with the Judiciary and check against the Legislature and the Administration so he has to remain independent of the Governors wants and needs.
    For McCrory to go out of state to waste $360/hr for attorneys is just another in a long string of fiscally irresponsible things our governors, present, past, and probably future will do…..


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