North Carolina’s Republican leaders on Tuesday blamed Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts for the decision by PayPal to drop its plans to open a new Charlotte operations center that would have created 400 jobs.
Last month state lawmakers passed House Bill 2, known as HB2, as a way to stop an expanded Charlotte nondiscrimination ordinance from taking effect this month. Critics said the city’s ordinance would have allowed men posing as transgender women to enter women’s restrooms or showers.
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore called it “a radical bathroom policy” by the Democratic mayor and City Council.
“The governor warned her the legislature would take immediate action to protect North Carolina families,” they said in a joint statement. “If Jennifer Roberts, (state Attorney General) Roy Cooper and the far-left Political Correctness Mob she’s unleashed really care about the economic future of her city, they’ll … start telling the truth about this commonsense bathroom safety law.”