Gov. Perdue suggests ignoring constitution and letting Congress skip elections; Updated with audio

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Submitted: Wed, 09/28/2011 - 2:09pm
Updated: Thu, 02/02/2012 - 4:45pm

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.



  • Watching from the Sidelines says:

    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.

  • Guest3579 says:

    Go smoke another pack of cigarettes Bev.

  • DickHertz says:

    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.

  • guesty says:

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

  • SurfCityTom says:

    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?

  • Guest28451 says:

    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.

  • Truthseeker says:

    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!

  • Guest 1971 says:

    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.

  • Guest6858 says:

    SHE NEEDS TO GO!!!! Aren’t the comments she made considered treasonous?

  • Guest7969 says:

    Joker strikes again! What an utter and complete MORON! I guess she’s lock and step with Obuma against the Constitution!….COME ON 2012!!!!

  • ryguy says:

    She didn’t propose or suggest anything. She was making a remark about how politicians as a whole don’t get anything done because they’re spending an ever increasing amount of time positioning themselves for the next election.

    A stupid thing for her to say only because it gave the media a horrible quote to latch on to, rather than looking at the meaning of what she was saying.

  • laughitoff says:

    …a Republican, Conservative or Tea-Party Member saying something like that, the Liberals wouldn’t be trying to laugh it off.

    It was a stupid thing for a sitting Governor to say but she is one big joke anyway. I am looking forward to casting my vote againt this clown.

  • realworld2 says:

    she already has said other things that would make that statement seem real. remember that this lady wanted to raise property taxes significantly for New Hanover & Brunswick Co’s so she could make those in Mecklenburg Co. happier. Do your homework on this person, what she said was scary & her ignorance makes her horrifying.

  • Guest2011 says:

    Are you kidding me? What a stupid thing to say. How about we make Obama president for life and Perdue governor for life…..How about our leaders do their jobs or they get kicked out of office for folks who can do the job!

  • Guest1966 says:

    Don’t kid your selves people, I heard people around me thinking Obama would do the same thing, when he was elected!

  • Guest28451 says:

    It would be the only way she avoids being tossed outta Raleigh next year. Additionally it would be the only hope Dems have of holding onto the Senate in DC next year as well oh and I guess the only way the Usurper in Chief also could keep his job. ROFLMAO.. Man that hairdye has fried a few too many braincells in Bev’s head. LEt this be a warning to all you women who bleach your hair to avoid a few grey hairs.. That stuff is harmful to your brain and lowers your IQ obviously

  • not joker says:

    To those who are saying that Perdue was joking, listen to the audiotape and you will find that no one is laughing.

    I think she wishes that elections could be suspended.

    Regardless, the tone, and content of her statement prove that she’s not joking around.

    I’m just surprised that she would actually say this out loud to an audience.

    No laughing means no joke.

  • Guest111 says:

    I know this woman and I am floored at the thought she would even make such a comment out loud.

  • Guest6969696969 says:

    It really doesn’t get any more clear than this, does it?

    As a way to solve the national debt crisis, North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue recommends suspending congressional elections for the next couple of years.

    “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,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, North Carolina, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that

    Let me simply observe that such a “proposal”, if said other than in jest, is an open declaration by an elected official to literally seize power and refuse to cede either office or power to the will of the people.

    Should such an act be contemplated, say much less recommended or acted upon, we no longer live in a Representative Republic and the remedies called for in The Declaration of Independence are the only ones remaining for any and all who intend to be a free people living in a nation that operates on the principles of a Representative Republic.

    Oh, you don’t think that’s all, do you? Why no!

    “So what to do? To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.” – Peter Orszag

    Who is Peter Orszag? Vice Chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup, Bloomberg “view” columnist, an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and……. most importantly…. The former director of the Office of Management and Budget for President Obama.

    What time is it again?

    Full credits, with permission to reprint
    Karl Denninger/ aka The Market


  • Guest conservative says:

    The mask is slipping off the progressive Democrats.

    Not a pretty sight.

    This is a reality they would love to see to many of these anti democracy thugs.

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