First NC Republican lawmaker calls for repeal of House Bill 2

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — For the first time, a Republican state lawmaker who backed House Bill 2 says it’s time to consider repealing it.

Republican State Senator Tamara Barringer issued a statement Tuesday following the NCAA’s decision to pull seven college championships from North Carolina.

Four of those championships were due to be played in Cary — an area Barringer represents.

She’s in a tough re-election race against Democrat Susan Evans.

Evans’ campaign manager called the move “purely political.”

Meanwhile, the lieutenant governor slammed the NCAA while Democrats called for a special session to repeal House Bill 2.

“Everybody should be concerned about lost revenue, but I don’t put a price tag on our women and girls of any kind. It’s extortion,” said Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (R) North Carolina

“Despite the best efforts of city leadership, Pat McCrory and his legislative cronies took those games away from us,” said Rep. Chris Sgro (D-Guilford)

In Cary, thousands of fans were expected to come to the area for the championship events and spend more than $2 million.

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