Bev Perdue will be in town Wednesday for the first time since being elected governor. She is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting on education at Cape Fear Community College's North Campus. It is the fulfillment of a campaign promise, sort of. “I have said to folks here that we will hold the first town hall meeting, I'm going to do four a year, at least, and my first town hall meeting will be in mid-January here in the Wilmington/New Hanover area," said Perdue. It was a promise then Lieutenant Governor Bev Perdue made in Wilmington on October 23rd; her final visit to the Port City before her election to the state's highest office. And it is a promise Governor Bev Perdue did not fully honor. According to her press office, after taking office January 12th and a visit to Washington, DC two days later, Perdue made ten public appearances in January, getting no closer to Wilmington than Goldsboro on January 23rd. But political analyst Ralph Kornegay said fudging on promises is part of elected office. "It's not just a matter of saying, 'I promised to do it. I'm going to run and do it.' somebody else is saying, ‘Excuse me. You can't, because you're scheduled to do this. You can't, because you have to pay attention to this. You can't, because you have to work with this group. You can't, because...' and suddenly, they're put into a position of having to go against what they promised," he said. But Perdue has made a habit of slighting our area. Twice last year she skipped candidate’s forums in Wilmington where she would have been open to public questions, but made campaign visits within a day of each event which were campaign-controlled photo ops. Since taking office the governor has made 50 public appearances across North Carolina, rarely straying far from I-85, including events Tuesday in Greensboro, Durham and Raleigh. The closest she came to our area was a February 27th visit to Camp Lejeune to welcome President Obama. Kornegay said given the current problems facing the state, there are certainly bigger issues for the governor to worry about than keeping a promise to voters in southeastern North Carolina; a region he said lacks political gravitas. "We don't have any clout. That's the secret. We don't have any clout." A Cape Fear Community College spokesman said the governor's staff first contacted the school about the governor's visit last week, at least two days after WWAY requested from the governor's press office a list of the locations of the her public appearances since taking office. If you would like to take part in the governor's town hall meeting, it is from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in the BB&T Auditorium at Cape Fear Community College's North Campus.
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