Spokesman for NC Gov.: Cuomo's ban hypocritical

Posted at 7:56 AM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 11:34:48-04

A spokesman for North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is criticizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after he banned nonessential publicly funded travel to North Carolina after that state's Legislature blocked anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people.

McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis said Tuesday that Cuomo's move shows "hypocrisy and demagoguery." He questioned whether the Democrat would ask the Syracuse University basketball team to boycott the upcoming Final Four because it is hosted by Houston, where voters last year defeated a non-discrimination ordinance.

As a private university, Syracuse would not be subject to a state travel ban even if one existed.

Ellis also noted that Cuomo last year visited Cuba, a country that he says has a "deplorable" human rights record.

Cuomo had called North Carolina's action "misguided" and discriminatory.