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Why Perdue’s Mississippi comment was on the money

Governor Perdue may have ruffled some feathers in the Magnolia State with her comments last Friday about Amendment One and Mississippi, but her remarks were on the money. As I noted in this interview with ABC 11. the sentiment she expressed makes perfect sense.

Think about it; If one of your main jobs was selling North Carolina to businesspeople from all over the nation and the world, you too would feel embarrassed by having to explain such nonsense. Imagine yourself in a meeting with Tim Cook, the head of Apple Computers and a gay man or, perhaps some prominent film industry exec: How the heck to you put a smiling face on such a hateful and backward-looking change?

Of course,  one could simply defer to the wisdom of the amendment’s chief sponsor, House Majority Leader Paul Stam. He said that passage of the amendment “is only backwards if you think that forward is a good thing”

11 Comments


  1. Rob Schofield

    May 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    As an interesting aside, the Huffington Post has an incorrect story up in which it quotes Perdue as apologizing. The source it links to is a fake Perdue Twitter account.

  2. Frank Burns

    May 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    It is not proper for a governor to make derogatory remarks about another state to try and make NC look good. It’s not what good leaders do. Very poor form.

  3. Darlene Burns

    May 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Good for Gov. Perdue. She didn’t state anything that wasn’t absolutely true. We are going backwards with our cuts to education and now civil rights.

  4. ed taylor

    May 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    again, for those who missed it. 61/39. it is a social issue, not civil rights. we will have no problem getting new business to come to NC. A bigger issue than the amendment is our corporate state tax.

  5. Jack

    May 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    “… it is a social issue, not civil rights,” 2.0 doesn’t cut it. Discrimination is discrimination no matter you spin it.

  6. david esmay

    May 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    New article in the Wall St. Journal 24/7 names worst states for economic mobility lists 1. Texas 2. SC 3.OK 4. NC 5. Miss. We’re worse than Mississippi. Citing factors such as the level of unemployment, child poverty rates, and lowest median incomes. Curiously, all are in the south and have Republican controlled legislatures,Governors, or both. No wonder the right wants to end the census, it’s the only way they can run from the results of their ideology.

  7. david esmay

    May 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Amendment one will be struck down because it’s a civil rights issue and unconstitutional. The real problem is welfare for corporations and the wealthy.

  8. Doug

    May 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    If you want to look at badly managed states david , look no further than democratic California, Illinois, and New Jersey- all technically bankrupt !

  9. jlp75

    May 15, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Good thing we don’t live in California, Illinois, or New Jersey.

  10. david esmay

    May 15, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Doug, you completely missed the point. This is about the results of the Pew Economic Mobility study, which found that residents of this state are less likely to move to a higher income bracket and more likely to drop down, what they asserted was one of the most important economic drivers in upward mobility was education. The other most important factors being childhood poverty and labor force participation rates. Instead of focusing on improving these issues, our GA and many others surrounding us choose to focus on same sex marriage, anti-abortion, and gutting education. We are lower the quality of life and opportunities for people in this state by leaps and bounds, the right wing agenda of the NC GA is only accelerating the process.

  11. Joe Ciulla

    May 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I voted against the amendment but find Perdue’s comments to be completely out of line. And Rob’s endorsement of this is the same attitude we saw from regarding the “old” schoolboard — when he didn’t agree with them, he acted like a petulant two-year old. Grow up, Rob.

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