ONLY ON 3: Mississippi leaders, residents fire back after Perdue’s insult

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Submitted: Sat, 05/12/2012 - 2:03am
Updated: Mon, 05/14/2012 - 10:23am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue made it clear Friday how she feels about voters approving a Constitutional amendment defining marriage in North Carolina as between one man and one woman. In doing so, she likely offended residents of two states.

Reporters asked Perdue about the amendment, which passed by about 500,000 votes Tuesday, during her visit to a school in Greenville. The Democrat, who had said before the election she was against the law, made it clear she thought it was the wrong move for the Tar Heel State.

“People around the country are watching us and they’re really confused to have been such a progressive forward thinking economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights people including the civil rights marches back in the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s,” Perdue said. “People are saying, ‘What in the world is going on with North Carolina?’ We look like Mississippi.”

It didn’t take long for Perdue’s comments to move west to the Magnolia State, where elected leaders and residents resented her shot at the state’s history.

“I am certainly disappointed by Gov. Perdue’s statement regarding North Carolina’s ‘looking like Mississippi.’ Apparently, North Carolina’s voters are much more in line with Mississippi’s traditional values on marriage than those of Gov. Perdue,” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, said in a statement.

Mississippi’s Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, also a Republican, reacted as well, calling out Perdue’s record as governor.

“Gov. Perdue should know that her administration has a lot of work to do to make her state’s business climate ‘look like Mississippi,” Reeves said in a statement. “We are creating an environment which encourages the private sector to invest capital in Mississippi, and I would invite any North Carolina-based company wanting to move to a lower-taxed, less-regulated state to look at our business-friendly opportunities.”

Reeve’s went on to cite rankings that put Mississippi ahead of North Carolina as a place for business, as well as a lower unemployment rate in Mississippi than North Carolina.

It wasn’t just Mississippi’s top politicians who fired back at Gov. Perdue. We asked our sister station WCBI in Columbus, MS, to see what Mississippians had to say.

“I don’t think we’re the bottom of the barrel, but I think we have some conservative values and core values that distinguish us from other states,” Diane Malone said.

“What they’re saying about Mississippi, I wouldn’t even be studying it, because if they say it’s against the law for two women to be together, then it’s against the law,” Arlissa Gardner said.

“I think that’s ridiculous, and it shows the amount of ignorance politicians have about Mississippi,” Andre Osby said. “Tell you what: Come down and give Mississippi a try.”

Friday afternoon, WWAY e-mailed Perdue’s press secretary to ask if the governor still stood behind her comments. So far, we have not received a response.


  • otis says:


  • Willard says:

    It’s a shame she’s not running for reelection, it would make it that much easier for Pat to win as republican governor. And if I remember correctly, she was most likely encouraged not to run by her own party leadership. That’s saying something about her term in office. To insult an entire state the way she did was unprofessional. An intelligent person would have commented on the details of why voters passing the amendment was, in their own opinion, a bad thing for the State of North Carolina. In this case, Perdue managed to minimize the importance of her stance and possibly alienate unaffiliated voters in another state prior to the November election.

  • Guest12 says:

    I am not offended by the voters of North Carolina. However, I am ashamed and deeply offended by the comments of our Governor. I think she knows what a terrible Governor she has been, thus not running for re election. Good riddance Beverly Purdue. Thank God that North Carolina voters are true to the moral teachings of the Bible. Enough said…..

  • Well look at the democratic party now, let’s see what they have going for us:
    Obama saying gays should be allowed to marry.
    Bev saying it also and that we look like Mississippi.
    Party chairman covering up sex cases.
    Party chairman trying to quit and party won’t let him.

    Looks like a good year NOT to vote for any Demos. Must be like a demo, a used up want to be new but it aint.

  • Craig says:

    I just hope the people in the Great State of Mississippi don’t think all of us fill like that and don’t think we all voted for this piece of work that is called governor. You have a beautiful state and the people are second to none.

  • GuestReality says:

    Perdue ought to be ashamed of herself! I don’t know of any other governor who has ever made such an asinine statement while still in office. I hope the Gov. of Mississippi realizes this is just this one person talking, and not the whole state. This is a great way to make enemies! Way to go, soon to be EX-Gov!

  • GuestReality says:

    You will find people like that in any group, religious or otherwise. Whoever told you Christians are perfect?

  • GuestReality says:

    You can’t even spell Mississippi, much less tell them how they should responded to being insulted. You sound like you’re still living in the 60’s yourself. Mississippi has come a long way, and so have her citizens. In the opinion of the majority of North Carolinians, Governor Perdue’s statement was not only wrong; it was irresponsible and unprofessional for her office as Governor of North Carolina.

    I disagree with you that this bill is not about homosexual relationships; it’s entirely about homosexual relationships and how they want a right to be recognized as married (so they can cash in on benefits that married couples enjoy). Marriage should never be about money or benefits. Holy Marriage was established by God and is carried about through the church. Any Christian who truly understands God’s Word would never agree to such a union. God Himself does not agree to such a union, and we are His representatives on this earth. How can we be for something that God Himself is against? Sin is still sin, whether it’s 2,000 years ago or now. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He never changes.

    “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is found in the Declaration of Independence, not the U.S. Constitution. It’s not a constitutional right. It’s a privilege, established by God and defined by Him as being between a man and a woman. There are so many people like yourself who never even attend church, or attend it just on Easter or Christmas, who think they have the right to call Christians backwards, ignorant, or bigoted. You look the same to us, except that your bigotry is toward Christians. It’s your shame, not ours.

  • elithian says:

    While I think Gov. Purdue’s statement was unfortunate, any state, including Missippi, that has a very poor history on tolerance and race relations should be mindful of their propensity to discriminate against minorities. Gov. Purdue is right in stating this new ammendment is most unfortunate. I personally do not agree with homosexual relationships but the bill is not about that. It is about denying the rights of those who do agree with homosexual relationships. I am not being asked to divorce my wife and marry a man. I am being asked to support the right of others to their constitutional right; Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Two women getting married does not interfere with my rights! Not allowing them to does interfere with their rights. So even if we don’t look like Missippi and Missippi doesn’t look like us, or does; we look ignorant, backwards, and biggotted. So who didn’t know that?
    Finally, I couldn’t support the law because it does not protect so much as it discriminates. Think about it. It doesn’t just define marriage; it outlaws other kinds of relationships. It speak to the shame of hypocrits in North Carolina including Billy Graham.

  • elithian says:

    Last I checked the “moral majority” was pretty immoral. Within any religeous organaization there is biggottry, deceit, adultry, fraud, murder, and well; every one of ten commandments violated! “Before you go picking dust out of the eye of another first pull the beam out of yours.”
    I would like to have all the preachers, ministers, and clergy in this state make an open and honest confession. I wonder where they would place; moral majority or immoral majority”?

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    Our Governor does not speak for the, moral, majority.

    Wilmington Observer

  • racetothebottom says:

    …in the race to the bottom of civil rights. Mississippi is the only Southern state that wouldn’t have to change its Constitution in order to grant some recognition of same-sex partnerships/unions, to allow for such things as partner benefits, or even being able to visit a life partner in the hospital.

    So Mississippi is right to be insulted.

  • thestateisnotgod says:

    We don’t all worship the same God the same way. If you’re Christian, the government can’t stop you from being so… but you shouldn’t be able to enforce your religion on anyone else. The State is supposed to ensure that one person’s rights end where the next person’s rights begin, except the passage of Amendment One does NOT do that.

  • Bible & Gun ready NC says:

    My apologies for our Gov. here in NC. I found this article while searching for your state’s reaction. Most Carolinians think just like Miss’ and are of the same opinion on the perversions of the day. She’s a moron, she also said last year…”we should suspend national elections in 2012 to focus on the economy”

  • Guest ron from nc says:

    She is a typical Democrat ,like Obama ,doesnt like what the majority voters want ,only their far left ,low morals,communist ,agendas.They know better . Shes running out of office this year ,so shes going to tax us,and put us in our state down. she will probably be charged for her actions as governor after she leaves this year,like our last democrat governor was. Gods laws should not be changed by any of us . marriage has been since it was started for one man ,and one woman. Gays,lesbos, can do what they want only dont try to bring us into your perverted world.

  • Martin Smith says:

    It is unfortunate that you dilute your argument which is a good one with all the references to your own religious preferences. I agree with you that marriage is between a man and a woman but it is not between a man, a woman and the State of North Carolina. So long as the State is involved in marriage then everyone must be treated equally and that includes non-heterosexuals. The best thing to do would be to get the State out of the marriage business altogether and leave it to the churches and other organizations that believe they are the only ones with the right answer.

  • MDCCLXXVI says:

    I just returned from a trip to Mississippi. I saw a very nice state, and met many wonderful people. I would rather have a Mississippian in our governor’s mansion than the lunatic in there now. The whole reason she is not running for reelection is because she is such a failure that she knows she cannot win. So, she doesn’t want the embarrassment of a defeat at the polls (being a democrat, she sure isn’t worried about the cost). But, she just can’t seem to keep her moronic mouth shut. Therefore, she continues to embarrass herself. The only thing North Carolina should be embarrassed about is putting her in office in the first place. Thank God I was not part of that fiasco. If North Carolina was to become the North Carolina that Purdue wants, I would definitely have to move to Mississippi, where I could live a decent, moral life. So glad this governor is leaving. So sorry it is 4 years too late. And regardless of what our “governor” says, I’m proud to have Mississippi in the U.S., and am now a bigger fan than ever.

  • GuestOccasional says:

    Our Governor was far out of bounds on this. As a high elected official she should have better tempered her speech, not resorting to insults of a like to be heard from a petulant child who didn’t get her way. The Governor didn’t shame this State or the large majority of folks who voted for the amendment, she shamed herself by her remarks.

  • Guest2020 says:

    The only good decision Perdue has made since becoming governor was her decision not to run for re-election.

  • longcolt says:

    Gov. perdue has to be the dumbest & worst governor ever, in the history of the US. i really have to ask where this super moron came from. even if you’re unhappy with the way the marriage amendment went, she needs to use her one functioning brain cell to go out with some dignity. sadly NC has the onus of worlds worst governor …. ever.

  • robo says:

    I agree with the Mississippi Governor’s statement. Perdue has been out of touch with the people in NC since the day she came into office.

  • Guest757 says:

    Our beloved Governor owes the state of Mississippi an apology. The people of North Carolina have spoken..Get over it Gov.your track record stinks.. after reading that Mississippi ahead of North Carolina as a place for business, as well as a lower unemployment rate in Mississippi than North Carolina makes you wonder why have we failed under our present Governor?

  • sam says:

    Perdue has evolved into a demonic, pathethic figure. She is a disaster beyond description for North Carolina. Several days ago on national TV she called Christians “extremists.” She has also turned evil, even ungodly. Let’s just hope we can survive the next few months of her reign of terror.

  • Guest2313 says:

    Governor, move to Cuba; you and your Marxist buddy Castro will get along just fine…

  • B Abshire says:

    Missippi looks beautiful from the gulf coast to the delta, you won’t find a nicer place to be. Bev, maybe you should move there for a spell- you know, kinda get the feel for the place before you open your big mouth and make a butt out of yourself like that! You ought to be ashamed, you are our governor for crying outloud. GO HOME!

  • Guest12345 says:

    I like Mississippi,now if she said we were like new york or new jersey I would be offended. i

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