New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, has been accused of violating the Hatch Act after running taxpayer-funded ads in North Carolina critical of that state’s ‘bathroom’ laws.
The Hatch Act prohibits government employees from using their official authority to interfere with or influence the outcome of an election or nomination for office.
North Carolina’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory is up for re-election this year.
The ads in question ran in June but have since been pulled according to Cuomo’s office, and criticize the Tar Heel state’s laws which restrict bathroom access to natural gender.
Via the Wall Street Journal:
New York’s advertising campaigns promoting the state’s economic-development opportunities have faced criticism for their high costs and meager returns in job creation. Now they have encountered another challenge.
A former North Carolina Supreme Court judge has filed complaints with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel and a New York state ethics panel alleging that taxpayer-funded ads Gov.Andrew Cuomo’s administration has run in North Carolina violated the Hatch Act by interfering with the gubernatorial and legislative races in that state.
The commercials, which reference the state’s so-called transgender bathroom law, among policies by other states, “mention North Carolina and its leadership in a transparent attempt to criticize, interfere and affect the impending North Carolina elections,” according to the federal complaint filed by the retired judge, Robert F. Orr.
The Republican governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, is up for re-election this year, as is the state’s legislature. The Hatch Act prohibits federal, state and local employees from using their official authority to interfere with or influence the outcome of an election or nomination for office.
A spokesman for Cuomo’s office said the complaints frivolous and tried to turn attention to the bathroom issues at hand.
“New York welcomes everyone—everyone—who seeks to embrace freedom while pursuing their dreams,” he claimed.
Cuomo however, has famously stated that Second Amendment supporters, believers in traditional marriage, and those who are pro-life, that they “have no place in the state of New York.”
He’s also joked that he’d like to ‘deport’ Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, from his state.
Earlier this year, governor Cuomo implemented a travel ban for state employees to the state of North Carolina over the same bathroom laws. The ban resulted in the cancellation of a Duke/SUNY Albany basketball game.
Meanwhile, North Carolina’s bathroom issue is designed not to discriminate against people over sexual identity, but to prevent individuals from taking advantage of the ‘anybody can use any bathroom’ mentality by mixing men, women, and children.
Seem like a far-fetched problem? Target thought so, issuing a bathroom policy that would allow anybody to use whichever bathroom they felt like in their stores.
But then this happened (Via Fox News):
An Idaho man who told police he identifies as a woman was arrested Tuesday after allegedly taking photos of a woman in a Target fitting room, officials said.
Sean Patrick Smith, 43, was allegedly dressed in women’s clothing when he entered the fitting room in the women’s section of the store in Ammon on Monday, East Idaho News reported. Smith, also known as Shauna Patricia Smith, then began taking pictures of a woman in the changing stall next to him, police said.
“The woman was begging for help as she chased the man out the door,” a witness told East Idaho News. “She kept saying she wanted those pictures deleted.”
Cuomo’s criticisms and ban of travel to North Carolina reeks of hypocrisy, having already traveled to Cuba and planning a future venture to China, both countries with far more abhorrent records on discrimination.