A Charlotte Observer article covering the back and forth on the reopening protests between Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) and his upcoming congressional opponent prompted Civitas to reach out to both parties for an interview.
Rep. Bishop’s Democrat challenger for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District seat is Cynthia Wallace. Obviously, Rep. Dan Bishop accepted the invitation while Civitas has not heard from Wallace. The invitation for an interview with her stands as long as protests are in the news cycle in North Carolina.
The interview with Bishop is nearly 30 minutes and fairly comprehensive regarding coronavirus and governmental policies. Regarding the headline, the most newsworthy aspect might be Bishop’s frustration with Gov. Roy Cooper over an unwillingness to engage much with a U.S. Congressman on the data and timeline he is using for reopening. Predictably, so much of the process has become political on both sides. Interestingly, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has a somewhat similar complaint with the lack of cooperation from Gov. Roy Cooper in a recent interview with The Daily Signal.
Bishop discusses the importance of natural rights for the protestors, a need for more local control on reopening, and the importance of Congressional presence during the coronavirus crisis.
Below is the entire interview: