It shouldn’t be a surprise the bullies at Obama’s DOJ is suing the state of North Carolina over our voter ID laws. It should also be no surprise that Governor Pat McCrory is hiring an outside attorney to defend the citizens of the Old North State instead of employing our State’s Attorney General, Roy Cooper, which is an epic slap in the face.
RALEIGH — Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday that it is an “unnecessary expense” for Gov. Pat McCrory to hire an outside attorney to represent North Carolina against the Obama administration’s lawsuit challenging the state’s new voting law.
“Our office continues to have the primary responsibility to defend the state,” Cooper told reporters. “Our staff will continue to do that.”
The Democrat’s remarks sparked a political blame game about how the state is defending the lawsuit – one with implications for 2016, when Cooper is considering challenging the Republican governor.
Responding to Cooper’s remarks, Bob Stephens, McCrory’s chief legal counsel, said the cost “falls squarely at the feet of the attorney general.”
Stephens questioned Cooper’s ability to defend the state and recommended hiring an outside attorney after Cooper made critical comments about the voting bill earlier this year.
“I was concerned then and I’m concerned today that the comments that he has made (against) this legislation has compromised his ability to represent the state of North Carolina,” Stephens told reporters in a hastily scheduled briefing hours after Cooper’s remarks. Stephens compared it to a defendant’s attorney standing on a street corner and announcing “that you were guilty.
I don’t trust Attorney General Roy Cooper either. When it came time to defend the citizens of North Carolina against Obamacare he refused to do so. Here is his reasoning:
"This office should not attempt to enforce state legislation that clearly violates federal law," Cooper said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Another issue is unintended consequences. While it is unenforceable as to federal law, it could be enforceable as to existing state law."
"State legislatures cannot pick and choose which federal laws the state will obey," Cooper wrote to Perdue, pointing to federal rules requiring body scans of pat downs at airports about which many North Carolina residents complain. "The same principle applies here as with other federal laws, even those laws we don't like or agree with."
Governor McCrory is wise not to trust this man.