Though he leads North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper will be touching off his re-election campaign in New York City.

Cooper has scheduled a “re-election kickoff event” for Thursday, January 31 at New York City’s Union Square, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by Longleaf Politics.

Titled “Cocktails and Conversation with NC Gov. Roy Cooper,” the event seeks to start raising money for the 2020 governor’s race. News of the Big Apple fundraiser first surfaced on WBT’s Pat McCrory Show on Monday morning.

In the invitation, Cooper’s campaign highlights the support his likely opponent, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, showed for House Bill 2, the law that required transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identity in public buildings.

In an ironic twist, while Cooper is in New York City for the campaign kickoff, Forest will be the “acting governor” of North Carolina, according to the state constitution.

Cover photo of then-gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper speaking to the N.C. Democratic Party in 2016. Photo by Kyle Taylor via Flickr (Creative Commons).


  1. That means we have two “Acting Governors”…..which will be remedied when Dan Forrest is our for real Governor in 2020!


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