Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Retired North Carolina judge files complaint that NY Gov. Cuomo violated the Hatch Act

Welcome to North Carolina unless you are LGBT
This speaks volumes about the acumen of the North Carolina judiciary. According to Fox News, retired North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr filed a complaint with the United States Office of Special Counsel alleging that Gov. Cuomo violated the Hatch Act. When the fuck did Cuomo become a federal employee?

Gov. Cuomo's transgressions involve economic development advertisement that were running last month. According to Fox:
The ads, which the complaints say began running in North Carolina in late June, promote New York’s business climate as “where the true leaders are” and “where we understand the value of diversity.” The ads are no longer airing, according to Mr. Cuomo’s office.
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The complaint specifically identifies Mr. Cuomo as having violated the Hatch Act, along with several employees of Empire State Development, New York’s economic-development agency.
Robert "Bob" Orr
Orr claims that those advertisements interfered with political contests. I would hope that they do. This climate only exists because of HB2 which denies trans citizens of basic dignity and nullified all of the municipal LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances that were in effect.

This frivolous complaint is not amusing. 

Conditions for LGBT citizens and taxpayers in North Carolina are abysmal. Any person or entity is free to discriminate against LGBT citizens (throughout the state) in employment, housing and public accommodations.

The Hatch act only applies to federal employees as well as some employees of state and local governments whose positions are primarily paid for by federal funds. Clearly that does not apply to Governor Cuomo. Mr. Orr's problem is best solved with laws in North Carolina that welcome and protect LGBT people, and their families, from discrimination.

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