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In the newest episode of Listening In, former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has bemoaned that his history with the most easily-avoidable self-inflicted career wound HB2, which discriminates against trans people, is affecting his ability to secure consulting jobs. Via TPM:

It’s even impacted me to this day, even after I left office. People are reluctant to hire me, because, ‘oh my gosh, he’s a bigot,’ which is the last thing I am.

Thing is, there are enough Christian and conservative organizations out there that a guy like McCrory can easily get ‘work.’ (And he has: “I’ve currently accepted several opportunities in business.”) I doubt that any business cares whether McCrory is a bigot, especially if he’s in some invisible advisory role. No, his struggle to find work in the business world is because his stubbornness on HB2 cost North Carolina millions of dollars and thousands of jobs:

HB2 probably cost the state between $450 million and $630 million. Others have cited a $500 million loss. The law has also cost North Carolina a minimum of 1,400 jobs.

Not to mention it lost the state very visible opportunities, like NCAA championship games:

The NCAA announced on Monday the relocation of seven previously awarded championship events — including NCAA tournament games in Greensboro — from the state of North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year as a result of the state’s controversial House Bill 2…

The NBA moved its the All-Star game in Charlotte for the same reasons in July and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called the law “embarrassing.”

 People don’t want to hire Pat McCrory because he made a bad decision that cost a lot of money and a lot of jobs, and he decided to keep his head down and plow through in spite of all the opportunities he had to let it go. Not many businesses are looking for advice from a guy who refuses to change course, even when all the results from his decisions are negative.
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