GOP Pat McCrory placed part of the blame on Moral Monday on outside groups when he spoke to the Republican convention in Charlotte over the weekend.
“Outsiders are coming in and they're going to try to do to us what they did to Scott Walker in Wisconsin,” McCrory said according to AP.
There were mass protests in Madison, when Walker, the GOP governor, moved to strip state workers of their right to collective bargaining. North Carolina state workers have no collective bargaining rights.
“They are going to come in try to change the subject,” McCrory said. “And I'm not going to let them. I'm going to concentrate on the economy, education and government efficiency.''
The governor's comments were muted compared to Sen. Thom Goolsby, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a recently published column he called the event “Moron Monday.
“The circus came to the State Capitol this week, complete with clowns, a carnival barker and a sideshow,” Goolsby started off. “The 'Revend' Barber was decked out like prelate of the Church of Tome(no insult is meant to Catholics) complete with stole and cassock. All he was missing was a miter and the ensemble would have been complete.''
He described the crowd as “mostly white, angry, aged former hippies'' and asked why they had not protested when when state government under the Democrats “were bankrupting the state.”