Did the Governor of North Carolina Attend a Political Fundraiser This Week? Did the Governor of North Carolina Attend a Political Fundraiser This Week? – NTK Network

Did the Governor of North Carolina Attend a Political Fundraiser This Week?

North Carolina is still under a state of emergency declaration, but NTK Network obtained a DGA fundraising invitation for Thursday in Chapel Hill with Cooper as the featured guest.

By NTK Staff | 09.21.2018 @1:15pm
Did the Governor of North Carolina Attend a Political Fundraiser This Week?

UPDATE, 2:19pm: A journalist with the News & Reporter tweeted Friday that Cooper did not attend the fundraiser. Cooper spokesman Ford Porter said, “The Governor has been focused on storm preparation and response.” NTK Network left a voicemail with Porter on Thursday that went unreturned.

North Carolina is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which ravaged the state’s coastline, causing billions of dollars’ worth of damage and took the lives of at least 37 people.

The Tar Heel state is still under an emergency declaration, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, but did that stop Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) from hosting a Democrat Governors Association (DGA) fundraiser in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Thursday evening?

NTK Network obtained a DGA fundraising invitation asking attendees to “Please join the Democratic Governors Association for an evening with Governor Roy Cooper and special guests Governor John Hickenlooper (CO) [and] Governor Ralph Northam (VA), hosted by Joan Gillings.”

DGA Fundraiser Invite - Chapel Hill

Guests are asked to make political contributions ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, according to the invite.

Cooper is in his second year as governor of North Carolina. He defeated incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory in 2016. NTK Network reached out to Cooper to confirm his attendance at the fundraiser, but did not hear back from the governor’s office.

Northam’s inclusion at the event should also raise eyebrows. While Cooper declared a state of emergency for North Carolina on September 7, Northam similarly declared a state of emergency in Virginia one day later. Despite Hurricane Florence’s last-minute southwardly movement – a change that resulted in North and South Carolina receiving the brunt of the devastation – the Washington Post reported that the price tag for Virginia’s hurricane-related damage could be $75 million.

Needless to say, the optics of two governors attending a ritzy political fundraiser, while residents in their respective states are still trying to piece together their lives in the wake of this tragedy, would not be great for Cooper or Northam.

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