While Gov. Pat McCrory has talked about rebranding the state, the Republican legislature has already succeeded – and it's not good, said Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.
Marshall said the GOP legislature has rebranded North Carolina from a progressive, pro education, pro growth New South state to one that has become the butt of jokes of late night comedians.
“The General Assembly has rebranded us into the laughing stock of the country if not the world,” Marshall told a Democratic women's breakfast at the North Raleigh Hilton Saturday morning. “Just ask Jon Stewart, Colbert, Letterman, Leno and others.''
Marshall, the 2010 Democratic Senate nominee, said GOP lawmakers have tried to “start a state religion,” say that federal courts don't apply in the US, that federal officers enforcing gun laws would be guilty of a state crime, and of printing its own currency, requiring drug testing before public benefits.
Even if such bills don't pass, Marshall said, they damage the state's image and ability to attract industry and business executives to the state.
“The branding is already taking place,” Marshall said.