Cuomo accused of “hypocrisy” as NCAA tournament preps in Houston

Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo introduces U.S. presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a Hillary for America rally in New York, March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo introduces U.S. presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a Hillary for America rally in New York, March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

 

RALEIGH – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s office publicly called out New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday, saying his “ban” on non-essential travel to the state in the wake of the House Bill 2 controversy was hypocritical, given Syracuse’s presence at the NCAA Final Four this weekend. The championship is hosted by the city of Houston, in which voters easily shot down a measure similar to Charlotte’s bathroom ordinance in a city-wide referendum in November.

Syracuse University's men's basketball team play's in the NCAA Tournament at the United Center in Chicago. Syracuse is a private university in Syracuse, New York. Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse University’s men’s basketball team play’s in the NCAA Tournament at the United Center in Chicago. Syracuse is a private university in Syracuse, New York. Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

“Syracuse is playing in the Final Four in Houston where voters overwhelmingly rejected a nearly identical bathroom ordinance that was also rejected by the state of North Carolina,” said Josh Ellis, McCrory’s communications director. “Is Governor Cuomo going to ask the Syracuse team to boycott the game in Houston? It’s total hypocrisy and demagoguery if the governor does not, considering he also visited Cuba, a communist country with a deplorable record of human rights violations.”

The comment follows Cuomo’s public statement against N.C.’s recent state law requiring individuals to use the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate if a family or single-stall bathroom is not available.

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