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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue’s decision not to run again caused a political ripple throughout the state today.

Here in town we caught up with Democratic Rep. Susi Hamilton and Republican Sen. Thom Goolsby to get their reaction.

“I am surprised,” Sen. Goolsby said. “Typically when people reach those pinnacles of power they don’t want to give that kind of power up. They’ll fight tooth and nail to keep it.”

Apparently Gov. Perdue no longer wants to continue that fight.

Sen. Goolsby says he is sad about the whole ordeal, because from the time Republicans took over the General Assembly they had hoped Gov. Perdue would work with them. He says that simply did not happen, and that the governor just never understood what it means to lead.

“She opposed us every step of the way,” he said. “Whether it was voter ID, whether it was education reform, whether it was medical malpractice reform. I mean, you name it, we are literally fighting this governor on everything, and none of it makes sense.”

Rep. Hamilton has a different take on the situation. The freshman Democrat says she has already reached out to Gov. Perdue with her best wishes. She also said the stress of running again may have had something to do with Perdue’s decision.

“Elections are tough,” Rep. Hamilton said. “They’re tough on your family. They’re tough on you physically, emotionally. She wanted to be focused on public education, is what I’m to understand, and I think that she’s a remarkable person for making the ultimate sacrifice to do just that and stand behind North Carolina’s children.”

Perdue’s departure means a wide-open race for governor. Hamilton says no matter who ends up taking Perdue’s place in Raleigh, Democrats will continue their fight for North Carolina’s children.

“We’re going to continue to pursue a good solid foundation for North Carolina’s children, and that’s why I’m going to return to the legislature next year.”

Goolsby says he looks forward to supporting fellow Republican Pat McCrory, who narrowly lost to Perdue in 2008. Goolsby says he believes the former Charlotte mayor understands what it takes to put North Carolina back to work.

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9 Comments on "Local legislators react to Perdue’s decision"

2015 years 9 months ago

Tommy boy gooslby is an idiot. Sad he is???He should be sad. Gov. Perdue had to stand up for the people all the time because you and the other republicans tried in every way to simply increase your wealth and that of the other buddies in the 1%. Unfortunately you managed to override her BRAVE VETO for everything that mattered. And I don’t think that it is the election that she is avoiding but the fight every day every day every day for the people against the greedy interests that want Titian to pollute and public education to die and women to go barefoot and PREGNANT time and time again. Of course what I am saying is absurd. Exactly the response to absurd white men sharing all the wealth.
I cannot believe that Gov. Perdue managed to bring all those jobs to NC with all the opposition she had to deal with every day. I hope you are defeated you self-promoting man. Just for the record: two years ago I got a speeding ticket. I called your office because your name was familiar. You assistant said that MR. Gooslby would PERSONALLY return my call. You did. On my voice mail you said: Oh Ms. G we don’t want you to loose your license or have your insurance go up. this is very serious. But we can help me; please call me back. I called someone recommended by a friend. He said: you can do this, and this yourself or you can pay me $100.00 and I’ll do it for you. FREE ADVICE!!!!
Why don’t you try that sometime?? Tell people the truth rather than what will bring you in more and more money.

2015 years 9 months ago

I’m guessing you’re a tad bitter and overloaded on the OW Kool-Aid?

Guest 4545
2015 years 9 months ago

Kate are did you forget to take your medicine?

2015 years 9 months ago

you must not have advanced very far in mathematics class.

It’s the 52% of the tax paying public who are tired of the entitlement lifestyle which increases the burden on the economy’s ability to respond and grow.

Case in point, Medicaid. Mike Easley and the soon to be departed Governor borrowed $2.6 Billion from the Federal Government to fund the medicaid albatross.

The state now faces $154 Million, annually for the next 5 years, in interest only payments back to the Feds.

At the end of 5 years, the principal begins paydown.

What impact would $154 Million have on the needs of education?

Rather than your bile filled post, why not rebut with facts?

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 9 months ago

What a bunch of rambling non-sense. My God stop cackling. Idiot!!

2015 years 9 months ago

So you are upset that a man that educated himself in a profession that would earn him a good living? He should do it for free when an education costed him money and a part of his LIFE? Why are you poor? Did you go to college? Do you work for free? Or are you just some poor mouth “victim”? Get over it!! You obviously made poor decisions in YOUR life that put you where you are now. So put your big boy pants on and remove that racist chip that is weighing you down and get an education. With that you too can earn a good living. Now why don’t you try that sometime!!!

Keenen Altic
2015 years 9 months ago

Fist bump to Kate. Goolsby and the rest of the republicans aren’t going to get away with playing it off like they aren’t the ones cutting public workers so they can tune into Goolsby’s stock investing radio show to hear his advice on investing in text book companies and private schools.

2015 years 9 months ago

It must really crummy having to expend so much of your energy looking for other people to blame for your own inadequacies.

2015 years 9 months ago

The Rep’s better not blow it this year


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