Former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory claims he’s experiencing some discrimination. McCrory says some employers have been “reluctant” to hire him due to his support last year for anti-transgender House Bill 2 that he signed last year:
The former Republican governor says HB2 “has impacted me to this day, even after I left office. People are reluctant to hire me, because, ‘oh my gosh, he’s a bigot’—which is the last thing I am.”
…McCrory declined to name the companies he’s working for. But the former governor said that he’s been considered for part-time university teaching positions—he wouldn’t say where—but that academic leaders “have shown reluctance because of student protests.”
“That’s not the way our American system should operate – having people purged due to political thought,” he told The N&O.
…In the earlier podcast interview with WORLD, McCrory said the liberal groups opposing HB2 have harmed his reputation. “If you disagree with the politically correct thought police on this new definition of gender, you’re a bigot, you’re the worst of evil,” he said. “It’s almost as if I broke a law” [Travis Long, “McCrory, Working as Consultant, Says HB2 Makes Some Employers ‘Reluctant to Hire Me’,” Raleigh News & Observer, 2017.03.13].
Note that McCrory doesn’t actually say that his politics have cost him a job; he apparently has several consulting gigs (getting paid to tell people stuff that they could figure out for themselves—that ain’t workin’, that’s the way you do it…). And I would suggest that the person who signs a bigoted law is far more responsible for damage to his reputation than the observers who point out and protest that signing.
McCrory discriminates against others, then cries about the possibility that others might discriminate against him—McCrory’s professed plight harkens to our local Senator Al Novstrup’s own angst over the possibility that anyone would view his backward and erroneous views on gender and religion as good reason to seek family entertainment somewhere other than at Novstrup’s amusement parks.
Novstrup and McCrory help raise today’s moral and political question: can employers justify turning down former public officials for jobs because those former public officials’ policies appear not to reflect the employers’ organizations’ values?