FIRST ON 3: Former Gov. Hunt: Perdue’s ‘done a lot of good work’

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Submitted: Fri, 01/27/2012 - 4:58am
Updated: Fri, 01/27/2012 - 2:54pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Jim Hunt knows a little something about politics in North Carolina. His 16 years in office are the most of any Tar Heel governor. It’s why many politicians in the state, including Gov. Bev Perdue, look at him as a mentor.

On the day Perdue announced she would not seek a second term as governor, Gov. Hunt was in Wilmington for a conference. We spoke one-on-one with him today about his protege’s big decision.

Q: What do you think of her decision?
A: “That’s a decision she had to make. That’s a personal decision. She’s done a lot of good work, especially for education in this state. I think we should be grateful to her for all that she’s done. I certainly am. She helped me get Smart Start underway. She’s helped us fund education in every level. She’s really stood up for it. I’m proud of the work she’s done, and she’s made this decision. Now we move on, and we’ll still have a good race for governor.”

Q: How difficult a decision do you think it was for her?
A: “Agonizing. Agonizing. She was really torn. I don’t know all the details, but I know that she really wanted to do it, but she saw how tough it was going to be. There are other things I know she’d like to do in her life. So I think at a time like this, you just say to somebody, ‘Thank you. Appreciate the good work you’ve done, even if I disagree with you on some things. We wish you good luck, and now let’s go find other people that may run for governor. We’ll pick the best one.'”

Q: Did you advise her on the decision?
A: “Not really. Now as I look back, realize that some things we talked about might have figured into it. I didn’t advise her as to whether or not to run.”

Q: Now that it’s an open race, who do you think will be the best candidates?
A: “I haven’t any idea, but there’ll be plenty of people who are willing to be considered and probably run hard.”

Q: How much has changed in the political climate since you were governor, especially with the Republican legislature, which she said was a factor?
A: “As a Democratic governor, I had four years of Republican legislators, and I got along with them pretty well. You know, some differences of opinion. I think things have become a lot more partisan all across the country. It’s almost toxic in Washington, and it’s been pretty tough here. Maybe this is a time when maybe everybody kinda back off a bit and say, ‘Hey, let’s get along together more. Let’s talk together more. Let’s try to figure out where we can agree on things and move forward.”

Q: What advice do you have for whoever is the next governor of North Carolina?
A: “Make education No. 1, reform it so it works better and go for the funds we need to have in order to do it well, ’cause it’s the key to jobs and our future.

Q: What will Bev Perdue’s legacy be?
A: “It will be as an education governor who worked her head off and under whom an awful lot of new industries have been announced. Almost one a day she was announcing around this state. And so I think she’ll have a good legacy.”

Q: Do you think this overshadows it?
A: “No. Do not.”

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20 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Former Gov. Hunt: Perdue’s ‘done a lot of good work’"

Guest bart
2015 years 8 months ago

If you folks knew who ran Hunt’s campaign in , dare I say, Columbus Co., you would not believe it. No, not R.C., but someone convicted during Colcor and removed from office.

2015 years 8 months ago

… of marijuana useage. That description is simply an updated version of the movie “Reefer Madness ” and just as ridiculous. Lump all drugs together and today’s kids will know you’re bull-stuffing them and will ignore everything you tell them. That’s really dangerous. Tell them specifically about marijuana’s potential gateway, pschoactive and physiological effects and they might just listen instead of blowing you off. That’s constructive behaviour.

The refutational points made in my post are as valid as the points made by yourself concerning possible negative effects of marijuana usage.

In the real world, you sometimes have to pick your battles carefully. Simply making up a pile of bull-stuff for the purpose of deterring marijauana usage is an unrealistic and potentially harmful approach to winning the war on drugs.

2015 years 8 months ago

I’m so stupid, I thought that was funny.

2015 years 8 months ago

knew how to take action. When the textile industries were breating their last breaths, and so many towns were on the verge of death, he took action.

Look at all of the foriegn industries which he recruited.

Look at how he mobilized the community college system to provide North Carolinians with the training they would need to fill those foriegn jobs.

He saw a need; he developed a plan; and he brought the bacon to North Carolina.

Sadly for her and North Carolina, Ms. Perdue never developed a plan other than to borrow billions to keep Medicaid afloat.

That is the legacy she and Mike Easley have to face. They saddled this state with billions in debt; and now the check is due.

Whomever is elected needs to rein in that albatross and end the entitlement lifestyle at the taxpayers’ expense. And they need to work with business owners and leaders to develop an atmosphere which is conducive to economic growth.

I wonder if the Teachers Union, losing its automatic deduction of dues from teacher’s paychecks had anything to do with her decision. The teachers may not be able to throw a couple of million into her campaign fund.

And all of the other big donors and fund raisers are likely staying under tha radar for fear they might get called to testify in Raleigh.

2015 years 8 months ago

Apparently, you either didn’t read the article or your comprehension skills are sub-par. Let me help you.

From the article: “His 16 years in office are the most of any Tar Heel governor.”

With the term in office being four years…how many terms was Hunt the Governor of North Carolina?….ding-ding-ding…4!

Thanks for playing!

Guest 4545
2015 years 8 months ago

The war is over and Johnny Reb lost again!

2015 years 8 months ago

Actually, I didn’t read the article, but aren’t you the clever one to be able to do multiplication.

Justin LaNasa
2015 years 8 months ago

Legalize Marijuana. Allow the state to sell it only through ABC Commission.Must be 21 to consume/buy.
Marijuana should be legalized for several reasons. First, the state could earn money from the sale. NC would be in positive numbers within 1 year getting out of debt! Its value to the medical world outweighs its potential abuse, and because of its importance to the paper and clothing industries. Legalization should be considered despite efforts made by groups, which say marijuana is a harmful drug that will increase crime rates and lead users to other more dangerous substances.
Alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs, and using just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect can lead to death. Marijuana is one of – if not the – least toxic drugs, requiring thousands of times the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death. This “thousands of times” is actually theoretical, since there has never been a recorded case of marijuana overdose. Source: The American Scientist (Magazine of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society). Gable, Robert. May-June 006.

2015 years 8 months ago

I totally agree. He was a fine governor and an even finer gentleman. That cannot be said for the previous poster, who seems to be accomplished only at being an *sshole.

2015 years 8 months ago

There are addicts in this world today that cannot keep a job or accept any responsibility because of drugs such as marijuana. It has FRIED their brains, and obviously yours too. Then you want to make it easier for them to get drugs! Have you considered all the innocent people that are killed on the road and at home due to the violence and ignorance that has been triggered by alcohol. Well, make marijuana legal and that number will double.

Yes, the state may earn revenue from your plan, but how much will health, auto, and life insurance go up because of the increased health issues and deaths caused by drugs? How much more will taxpayers have to pay due to increased unemployment because these zombies cannot keep a job? How much more will it cost the taxpayers when the courts place them into a re-hab program due to addiction? How much more will it cost the taxpayers to housed them in jail due to crimes they have committed? How much more will it cost the taxpayers to hire special education teachers due to the fact babies are being born everyday that have learning disabilities caused by pregnant mothers using drugs?

When you close your eyes tonight, I hope you hear the head-on car crashes and the gunfire that is caused by drug addicts and alcoholics. I hope you can feel the pain of the drug addicts’ family members. I hope you can see the grief of innocent families who have lost loved ones due to drugs and alcohol.

You should clear your brain and re-think this plan of yours!!!

Guest Lee
2015 years 8 months ago

hahaha hahahaha hahahaha…love it!

2015 years 8 months ago

and I went to public school. Next time, read the article. Being able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide has nothing to do with being clever.

2015 years 8 months ago

Why is it your business if I read it or not? Do you have OCD?

2015 years 8 months ago

Don’t use drugs and don’t advocate their use but I still can’t agree with your position on marijuana. I guess to you all drugs are alike. That’s like saying a sports cars is like an eighteen wheel truck. Hey, they both have wheels and drive on a road, right? Ah no, that’s not right. Ever hear of a junkie desparately tying to get his/her next fix of weed? Of course not. Overdosing? Virtually impossible. Re-hab for weed addiction? It doesn’t have a chemical addiction component. Not keeping a job? That’s a lifestyle issue. Violence? Unless your brain already has bad wiring, doesn’t happen. Pregnancy issues? Less than tobacco or alcohol (shouldn’t use any of them). Gunfire? Due to turf wars over illegal sales. Control the sale and eliminate the violence. Increased DUI’s? The same people using now would be essentially the same people using then but then we get to collect the tax revenue from its sale. Many other drugs fit the hellish scenario you’re depicting but that’s those drugs, not marijuana. When it comes to marijuana use you don’t know your posterior from your elbow. Kids look at dumb remarks like this and wind up thinking everything we’re saying about about any drug is bull-stuff. Now that’s a problem.

2015 years 8 months ago

“Many other drugs fit the hellish scenario you’re depicting but that’s those drugs, not marijuana.”

It’s a proven fact that Marijuana has psychoactive and physiological effects. Along with a skewed (or one sided) change in perception and mood, the most common short-term physical and neurological effects include increased heart rate, lowered blood pressure, impairment of short-term and working memory, psychomotor coordination, and concentration. Long-term effects are less clear, but many drug users started out just using pot.

Not every person that smokes pot will move on to heavier drugs, but many drug addicts started out with pot. It’s a fact.

jim robertson
2015 years 8 months ago

This guy should have been a comic.

2015 years 8 months ago

I do not know where you are from, sir, but Jim Hunt is one of the finest North Carolinians to ever live. He has served our state faithfully as Lt. Gov. and I can’t remember how many terms as governor. He has been a great ambassador for this state and has EARNED respect all over the nation.
Your Yankee a– should not even be allowed to speak his name.
Jim Hunt, Dr. William Friday, Frank Porter Graham, and their kind command respect all over the nation. I’m proud he was my governor.

2015 years 8 months ago

Coming from a guy that is swimming neck deep in Blue Cross Blue Shield money. Jim Hunt wasn’t any better than Bev.

2015 years 8 months ago

Mentor = King of the Jackasses. Hey, they picked the party symbol. Not me.

2015 years 8 months ago

Jimmy Hunt!!??…really??? I thought he was dead.