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RALEIGH, NC — Gov. Bev Perdue has released the following statement regarding her decision not to run for re-election:

Like the rest of the nation, North Carolina has been facing difficult economic times — demanding many difficult decisions. I have had to make painful budget cuts in important areas of government. But I believe I have approached this challenge in a way that is consistent with my values and the values that have made our state a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I have spent my tenure in office – and, in fact, my adult lifetime – fighting for things that I care deeply about. And as anyone who knows me will tell you, I do not back down from tough fights.

But I understand this: We live in highly partisan times, where some people seem more worried about scoring political points than working together to address the real challenges our state faces. And it is clear to me that my race for re-election will only further politicize the fight to adequately fund our schools. A re-election campaign in this already divisive environment will make it more difficult to find any bipartisan solutions.

The thing I care about most right now is making sure that our schools and schoolchildren do not continue to be the victims of shortsighted legislative actions and severe budget cuts inflicted by a legislative majority with the wrong priorities. Therefore, I am announcing today that I have decided not to seek re-election. I hope this decision will open the door to an honest and bipartisan effort to help our schools.

To those of you who have supported me throughout my years of public service, I will always be grateful for the confidence you have placed in me. In my remaining months in office, I look forward to continuing to fight for the priorities we share, by putting North Carolinians back to work and investing in our children’s future. To my children and grandchildren, and especially to my husband Bob, thank you for always being there for me – especially as I’ve weighed this difficult decision.

Thank you all, and God bless North Carolina.

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7 Comments on "Gov. Perdue’s statement about decision not to run for re-election"

2015 years 10 months ago

It’s too bad that Perdue did not get to do the things we elected her to do. That’s what you get in a state with obstructionist Republicans like Phil Berger and blue dog Democrats. Much like OUR president, there has been very little cooperation with these Republicans and Blue Dogs. These two groups have been allowed to have their policies put in place for many years and THEY ARE ALREADY PROVEN NOT TO WORK. So why not try something different and not obstruct something different instead of trying to score cheap political points with divisive, classist, and subtly racist language and tactics.

2015 years 10 months ago

Between 2008-10, this administration had 233 seats in the house, 59 seats in the senate, and Nancy Pelosi. Obstruction?? Seriously??

2015 years 10 months ago

get your facts straight.

The economy was and remains the biggest challenge. That challenge was heightened by the $2.6 Billion which she and Mike Easley borrowed from the Feds to keep Medicaid afloat. That program is an albatross and tar baby which is now costing the state $154 Million in annual interest payments. And in five years, the state begins repaying the principal.

And there were no limitations on Medicaid. Let the taxpayers foot the bill for the women who chose “babymaking” as their life’s career and by the time they were 35, there were 10 or more following them around. And then, let the taxpayers foot the bill to raise the off spring.

Look at the fiasco in the attempts to bring the tire manufacturer to Brunswick County. Neither she or the Secretary of Commerce, while traveling in Europe on the taxpayer’s dime, could stop in Germany; meet with the corporate officials and get first hand information on just how to succesfully structure an incentive deal. South Carolina’s governor made such a trip; South Carolina got the project.

Should I go on?

She’s done enough and should retire from public life; spend time with her Grandchildren; help her son seek another position once the high priced Raleigh law firm realizes his political influence ends in January; and travel abroad on her dime.

2015 years 10 months ago

If only she would take barry-o with her.

2015 years 10 months ago

Thank you

2015 years 10 months ago

of that to say that…YOU KNOW you cannot win…


2015 years 10 months ago

She should have just tweeted “I quit”. A press release really wasn’t necessary.


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