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RALEIGH (WTVD) — Fed up with the inaction in Washington? Governor Beverly Perdue suggested a solution during an appearance Tuesday at the Rotary Club in Cary, NC.

She proposed suspending congressional elections for two years so Congress can focus on the economy and job creation and less on politics and the next election.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them – whatever decisions they make – to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that,” Perdue said.

“You want people who don’t worry about the next election,” she continued.

The comment, first reported by the News and Observer newspaper, was quickly picked up by the conservative website Drudge Report.

Perdue’s office soon backed away from the statement, saying she was joking. On the governor’s Facebook page, Press Secretary Chris Mackey said:

“Come on…Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve.”

Former NC gubernatorial candidate Pat McCory, who’s expected to challenge Perdue again in 2012, wasn’t satisfied.

“Not only does this bizarre commentary suggest ignoring the Constitution, but does Governor Perdue forget her own inability to work with the Legislature, regardless if controlled by Democrats or Republicans? Governor, those in glass houses should not throw stones. We look forward to all of the upcoming elections in North Carolina in 2012,” he offered in a statement.

Expect the comment to be political fodder for days to come. Tuesday evening, the conservative Civitas Institute had already launched an online petition using Perdue’s words to raise money.

THE RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER HAS POSTED AUDIO OF PERDUE’S SPEECH TUESDAY. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/was_perdue_joking_you_decide_listen_here

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  • Watching from the Sidelines

    I think Gov. Perdue has lost her mind. Why does she want to undermine all our forefathers did to secure the freedom and rights of Americans by proposing such non sense. This governor needs to be put out of office today if possible.

    I guess whenever her favorite representatives are in Congress she would want elections suspended, just like she would want to be governor for another term without people voting for her. Bev probably knows she is on the slippery slope of being unemployed very soon. I am praying to that end anyway.

  • Guest 1971

    I hope you enjoy your one and only term.I think your time would be better spent putting the people of this great state back to work and less time trying to change the constitution of the united states.

  • Truthseeker

    Purdue needs to stick to stuffing chickens and keep her big mouth shut. She is an embarrassment to NC. Her public relations manager said she was only joking. The joke is on NC and this joke as a Governor. Demotards have finally reached a climax with incompetance at the State and Federal level. It is imperative that North Carolinians finally realize how Demotards have ruined our State and Country. We have a clown for President and a dingbat for Governor, what a pair. It would be impossible to find more incompetancy between these two than every politician ever elected!

  • Guest28451

    The democrats are aware hope and change is a dud.
    obama promised he would fundamentally change America and bev is right in his pocket.
    Simple little things like her suggestion is just another way to try and strip away our freedoms and rights under our constitution.
    Too bad we can’t get someone to give her a free 1 way plane ride out of the country.

  • SurfCityTom

    now maybe it will be Looney.

    But perhaps she is putting up a test balloon for the White House Occupant.

    Why not just suspend all aspects of the Constitution which are in the way of the Democrats and Marxists achieving their ultimat goal?

    Is there not some provision in the state Constitution which would allow Walter Dalton to suspend her power and assume the day to day functions of a rational Governor?

  • guesty

    Maybe the plane will break down on her next out of country “jobs junket.”

  • DickHertz

    Our governor is a dingbat…. her thinking is too little, too late. Here’s my modest proposal: SHUT CONGRESS DOWN for a two year term and then allow “We the People” to decide whether or not we are better off.

  • Guest3579

    Go smoke another pack of cigarettes Bev.

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