(Paul Chesser, Liberty Headlines) A liberal Republican legislator in North Carolina, who has rued the state’s controversial “transgender bathroom law” that brought the wrath of radical transvestite advocates from across the nation, is trying to scare up a repeal of “House Bill 2” (HB2) to appease the pressure groups’ business, entertainment and major sports organization allies who have boycotted the state.
In doing so, Rep. Chuck McGrady cited one of the wealthiest municipalities in the country — Cary, NC, a suburb of Raleigh — as one of the towns most likely to suffer economic damage because of HB2-driven economic threats against the state, which are frequently highlighted by the legacy media that shares their agenda. His comment followed a vigorous debate on social media about the validity of an unscientific Associated Press “analysis” on Monday that claimed North Carolina will suffer a $3.76 billion economic loss over 12 years, especially if the NCAA does not award sports tournaments and championships to any sites in the state for the next 5-6 years.
“While I understand the damages are not particularly significant using a statewide GDP number,” McGrady wrote in a Facebook comment, “they can be significant in places like Cary, that relies on lots of sporting events to generate [dollars] for the local economy.”
McGrady had responded to a post by western North Carolina talk radio host Pete Kaliner, who rebutted the AP report by pointing out that if the figure is accurate, that it would represent only six-hundredths of one percent of the state’s gross domestic product. The refutation of AP was also pointed out by the NC Values Coalition, which cited authoritative sources, which determined (among other facts) the Tar Heel State has: the fastest growing economy since 2013; has the second-best business climate in the nation; and booming growth — especially in its major metropolitan areas.
North Carolina has experienced a torrid rate of influx of peoples from elsewhere in the country over the last few decades, mostly at the expense of blue states — the types of states with the political climate that have liberalized laws and ordinances to allow individuals to use whichever restrooms they felt like using. Among the highest-growth NC communities is Cary, which is so heavily populated by northern transplants that a commonly known joke among locals is that the town’s name is an acronym for “Containment Area for Relocated Yankees.”
The theory that Cary could be especially vulnerable to boycotts by sports organizations is inconceivable, if not outright laughable. Geographically the town sits as at the center of the intersection of major commerce, institutions, and state government. It is surrounded by the major university cities of Raleigh (North Carolina State University and other smaller schools), Durham (Duke University and others), and Chapel Hill (University of North Carolina). The town also is adjacent to a major technology development area, Research Triangle Park. Cary also is enveloped by the superior medical research and practitioners, driven by the schools at UNC and Duke.
If those aren’t strong enough indicators, there are many national rankings that place Cary at or near the top of places to live and work. U.S. News has placed Raleigh-Cary in the top ten metro areas for highest real incomes. Last year SmartAsset rated Cary as the top “boomtown” in the nation, based upon various labor, economic and Census statistics. And careers Web site Zippia last year said Cary was the second-most “successful” city in America, as measured by poverty level, median household income, and unemployment rate. More than half the town’s adult population (age 25 or older) has a bachelor’s degree or higher, and Cary is consistently rated among the safest places to live in the nation.
As for McGrady’s concerns about Cary’s vulnerability to sports cancellations, the town has a nice soccer park at the SAS Institute. The town was to host NCAA or Atlantic Coast Conference tournaments during this academic year for soccer, tennis, lacrosse and baseball, which the two multi-billion dollar “nonprofit” sports organizations cancelled, due to their heavy pro-transgender bathroom rights agenda. Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht estimated the resulting economic losses for the town to be about $2.5 million.
But in the overall context of Cary’s massive economic activity and impact, McGrady’s claim that the town “relies on lots of sporting events to generate [dollars] for the local economy” pales in comparison to the multi-billion dollar commerce and activity that otherwise characterizes the affluent community.
The panic by McGrady comes as the NCAA issued a final ultimatum to North Carolina: resolve the HB2 situation, or go without its tournaments until the year 2022. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, perhaps the highest-ranking elected official in the state who has strongly defended HB2, urged lawmakers to not repeal the law.
“I am deeply troubled that our respective elected bodies (House and Senate)…seem to be reacting to the demands and timetables of an unaccountable, out-of-state organization (NCAA), not elected by the people, to enforce a radical policy change with which even their own organization does not abide,” Forest wrote in a letter to North Carolina legislators on Monday.
“I fear that if our General Assembly succumbs to this new form of economic and corporate extortion, we will be establishing a precedent and illustrating a template for future corporate extortion efforts on any number of legislative issues.”