The Triad Business Journal had an interesting article a few days ago about a trip Governor Cooper made to California last month. He was said to have visited "Google, Cisco, LinkedIn, a group of venture capital and private equity investors and a tech advocacy group".
The question is what he was trying to achieve.
The most innocuous and helpful of possibilities is straightforward job recruitment. Of course, corporate job recruitment these days is often accompanied by corporate incentives-- i.e., corporate welfare. Was he discussing this possibility?
But I also wonder if he might have been doing some political fund-raising. After all, the vast majority of these folks are going to be on his side of the fence politically. Could he have been pitching assistance to effect a takeover of the NC General Assembly? This is an enormously prosperous sector of the economy with oodles of excess cash. Ground zero is Silicon Valley, just south of San Francisco.
Given the activities of the corporate community and the tech sector during the manufactured HB 2 crisis, I wonder if he might be orchestrating offers of corporate site locations in North Carolina conditioned upon enhanced statewide LGBTQ protections to put more pressure on NCGA Republicans. That would be Machiavellian, of course, but it is not beyond the realm of possibility.These kinds of protections would almost certainly violate and threaten the religious liberty of orthodox Christians; but that is of little concern to liberal mainline Presbyterians like Cooper. They are more than happy to throw us overboard to achieve the objectives of cultural Marxism.
In the spirit of transparency, it would be appropriate for Cooper to inform the people of the state of North Carolina precisely what he was doing. The motives might have been entirely pure, but then again...