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Moore, Perdue not at Wilmington debate

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WILMINGTON -- Thursday night's governor's forum at Cape Fear was a lively give-and-take -- at least as far as the republicans went. Candidates Bill Graham, Pat McCrory, Bob Orr and Fred Smith fielded questions from a panel and the public. Topics ran the gamut: corruption in Raleigh, mental health, roads, tax rates. On the Democratic side Col. Dennis Nielsen was the lone candidate. Richard Moore and Beverly Perdue were represented by empty chairs. Moore's campaign told us he had a fundraiser to attend. After repeated communication with Perdue's office we requested written communication as to why Perdue would not be able to attend. Perdue's campaign sent us correspondence via email on April 10 stating that Perdue would not be able to attend the forum due to time constraints.

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Big Name Democrats

The Democrats feel they have most local, and a lot of the state government, in the bag. So they can be arrogant and high handed about the election process, like turning down our local debate. It was a well planned and a very good chance to meet the candidates face to face. (There was great food too.) But the big name Democrats couldn't be bothered with us. The Star News reported that fact on the front page the following day. Bev Perdue thinks she's a shoe in, but I would rather have Moore than such a tax and waste liberal like herself. She was smart to stop airing negative ads, because she was the loser on that stategy. Of course I'm voting for Fred Smith. Maybe he can point North Carolina in the right direstion.

Unfortunate lost vote

If they won't show up, they can be positive of one vote they won't get...mine.