Reaction to Gov. Perdue’s decision not to seek re-election in 2012

Governor Perdue’s statement that she will not seek a second term in office is the talk of North Carolina political circles today. Here’s some of the reaction to the news that took many people by surprise Thursday morning:

“Governor Perdue has had a long and dedicated career in public service in North Carolina. All too often, the sacrifices of public officials go unnoted, so I acknowledge her hard work and her years of service to the state. Whether we agree with her politics or not, we all should respect her for her commitment to North Carolina over these many years.

Republicans in the General Assembly have disagreed deeply with the Governor over many issues, but I am hopeful we can find opportunities in her remaining time in office to work on legislative matters that will become a part of her legacy, and do so for the good of all North Carolinians. I wish Governor Perdue and her family the very best.”                                                — House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg)

“I am especially heartened to hear she will devote her remaining time in office fighting to ensure that the children of North Carolina receive the affordable, quality education mandated by our state constitution.

“The Governor’s office plays an important role in resisting those in Raleigh who wish to abandon North Carolina’s well-earned reputation as a state with its eyes firmly and pragmatically on the future.  Whether the issue is access to the ballot box; a commonsense jobs-creating business climate; robust support for our military and veterans and their families; or the guarantee of a first-rate education, the Governor’s office often provides a critical moderating counterweight to the backward-looking forces of extremism elsewhere in state government.   North Carolinians will surely keep this in mind as they choose the next governor in November.”                                         — U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-Guilford County)

“Gov. Beverly Perdue is a stalwart friend of justice.  With her strong voice and her steady veto-pen, she has stood on the side of justice against the frontal assault against minorities’ rights by the ultra conservatives in the General Assembly.  She has taken seriously her oath to uphold the Constitution, which requires those in government to govern for the good of the whole, to protect and strengthen public education, to create economic vitality, to protect civil rights, to ensure equal protection and racial justice under the law.

Gov. Perdue has remained true to her love of all our children and their fullest development.  When she had to choose between what was good for North Carolina children and all of its citizens, and what was good for her own career, she took the road of principle.  This is how history will record of the legacy of the first of many women governors we will have.  The civil rights community prays she will remain strong in the remaining days in office, and that she will continue to fight for the good of the whole . . .for the good of all North Carolinians.”                                  —  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, NC NAACP

“My message has been and will continue to be that we must fix our broken government and broken economy and put our North Carolina resources back to work. That’s why I plan to announce my intentions next week to seek the honor of serving as North Carolina’s next Governor.”                                      — Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory

“She’s done a lot of good work, especially for education in this state. I think we should be grateful to her for all that she’s done. I certainly am. She helped me get Smart Start underway. She’s helped us fund education in every level. She’s really stood up for it. I’m proud of the work she’s done, and she’s made this decision. Now we move on, and we’ll still have a good race for governor.”                                     — Former Gov. Jim Hunt in an interview with WWAY


  1. James

    January 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Pat McCrory. Always the asshole.

  2. david esmay

    January 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Amen to that James. He’s a broken record that needs to be fixed.

  3. James

    January 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Right. What McCrory doesn’t seem to understand it that what is broken in government is the undue influence of the monopolistic predators who are backing his campaign.

  4. Rob Schofield

    January 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Tillis’ comment was polite, but somewhat ironic given that just hours before on Facebook he said this:

    “The Governor’s approval ratings are so low that it would not surprise me if she used the State jet to fly across the state to be seen at a taco stand grand opening. But the announcement of the Sierra Nevada brewery in Asheville is one of the best examples of the Gov’s tactics and duplicitous behavior. Back in November, the Governor said the two-day legislative session we held was a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. That two-day session is when the legislature authorized the law that was critical securing Sierra Nevada’s commitment to come to NC. That was a JOBS bill folks.”

  5. Cy Brittain

    January 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    To whom it may concern, I hope Gov. Beverly Perdue reconsiders and decides to run a second term…We need leaders like her now more than ever…These are not economically easy times and I cannot imagine Pat McCrory being our governor…Mr. McCrory’s nick name is Mr. Duke Power. I hope Gov. Perdue will run for the governorship. I believe she will be reelected. Please reconsider… Best regards, Cy Brittain

    P.S Thank you Gov. Perdue for being in “SERVICE” to our state citizens and not in “SERVICE” to yourself.

  6. Frances Jenkins

    January 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I think it might be a little hard for Perdue to reconsider. I think she has more pressing issues ahead.

  7. david esmay

    January 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Why didn’t Tillis handle his big “jobs bill” during a normal session? More bovine scatology from captain double speak. He could have used that political savvy to secure Continental Tire, which would have employed a heck of a lot more people in a depressed area of the state. I love Sierra Nevada’s products, is Tillis going to take credit for their quality? I f they operate the brewery like he operates the house, it won’t be there long. Frances is that pressing issue you speak her focus on education cuts and it’s effect on our school systems [Editor’s note: comment edited, please see our note below the comment box.]?

  8. Frances Jenkins

    January 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    You know and I know there are possible serious legal issues for Perdue, perhaps federal issues. [Editor’s note: comment edited, please see our note below the comment box.]

  9. Alex

    January 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    We’ve heard the same old crap for years from both Hunt and Perdue, and we still are in the bottom of most state rankings.

  10. david esmay

    January 27, 2012 at 8:49 am

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  11. Alex

    January 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

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  12. david esmay

    January 27, 2012 at 10:22 am

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  13. david esmay

    January 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

    @Alex, I like how the, as Bill Moyers put it, “the delusional fringe now in charge of the republican party”, labels any statement that doesn’t lock step with their twisted view of the world as left-wing. That includes most statements made by Lincoln, TR, and Ike. Hell, Barry “freakin” Goldwater would be left-wing to todays conservatives, and that’s frightening. Did you vote for Larry “kill ’em all and let god sort ’em out” Pittman? No one spews divisive hate filled vitriolic mutterings like conservatives, on any level.

  14. Jack

    January 27, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Actions speak louder than words. The Republicans have acted with self-righteous moral certainty throughout this session. Their targets for distruction were and continue to be the people who are poor, minorities, NC Education System, children, women, job creation, people with disabilities, voters and as Speaker Tillis said “those people”.

    The actions of the Republicans is distroying the rule of law which is demonstrated in their effort to legalize discrimination in NC. Who and what is next?

  15. david esmay

    January 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Politics is a dirty business, always has been, always will be, I applaud Governor Perdue for becoming NC’s first female Governor and standing in the ring with people of lesser character, giving as good as she got. Personnally, I think you’d have to be crazy to run for office on a state or national level, given the abuse you’re bound to take, Bev’s not perfect, but all the innuendos and cheap shots from the right are deplorable, but hey, she new what she was getting into, and did it anyway.

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