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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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2016 years 18 hours ago

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.

2016 years 18 hours ago

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?

2016 years 18 hours ago

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

2016 years 18 hours ago

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.

2016 years 18 hours ago

Go smoke another pack of cigarettes Bev.

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