Did any of Asheville’s politicians, including City Council members and the mayor, who claim they are against HB2, have the guts to join protesters at the governor’s “Open House” [at the Western Residence May 14]? None that I saw.
Did any of them actually get inside the mansion to express their concerns about HB2 to the governor? I have seen no reports that any did, but could not get inside myself, so I am not sure.
I want to publicly ask Asheville’s mayor why she did not join protesters, and if she did not go inside to talk to the governor about HB2, why the hell didn’t she, if her opposition to the law is any more than putting out statements to the media that she is against it?
This goes for the Asheville City Council members who were MIA on the road with us outside the mansion as well.
— John Penley
Editor’s note: When contacted by Xpress, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer offered the following response: “HB2 is a bad law for North Carolina and North Carolinians — it is plainly discriminatory. The Asheville City Council passed a comprehensive resolution condemning HB2 and calling for its repeal. Council took this action because we felt it accurately reflected our concerns as well as the concerns of the residents of Asheville. The governor is aware of all the cities in North Carolina that have adopted similar resolutions. At the time of the governor’s visit, however, I was attending Asheville leader Isaac Coleman’s funeral.”