You may recall the two served together in the NC Senate. Another email:
GREENSBORO, N.C. — U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) today commented on Governor Bev Perdue’s announcement that she would not seek re-election.
“Governor Perdue deserves the state’s sincere gratitude for her many years of public service. During times of extraordinary economic stress and budgetary pressures, she continues to vigorously pursue priorities near and dear to the hearts of generations of North Carolinians, including expanding and improving education at every level and a tireless pursuit of new businesses and jobs for the state.
“I am especially heartened to hear she will devote her remaining time in office fighting to ensure that the children of North Carolina receive the affordable, quality education mandated by our state constitution.
“The Governor’s office plays an important role in resisting those in Raleigh who wish to abandon North Carolina’s well-earned reputation as a state with its eyes firmly and pragmatically on the future. Whether the issue is access to the ballot box; a commonsense jobs-creating business climate; robust support for our military and veterans and their families; or the guarantee of a first-rate education, the Governor’s office often provides a critical moderating counterweight to the backward-looking forces of extremism elsewhere in state government. North Carolinians will surely keep this in mind as they choose the next governor in November.”
Just got this from Joe Hackney:
Gov. Perdue will leave office with a reputation as a good governor who managed this state through a difficult time. Despite the financial circumstances of our state, though, she kept a focus on education. She realized that education moves our state forward and moves our people forward. She never forgot that and it was at the core of her time as a legislator and in the executive branch. I am grateful for her service to our state and wish her well.
The internets are buzzing now that word is out that Gov. Bev Perdue won’t run after all.
Speculation on who is running centers on Bill Faison, who recently loaned himself 500K for some reason, Erskine Bowles, who needs a job, and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, who could switch races and run for the top spot.
Pretty messy in the NC this morning. Perdue makes her announcement this afternoon. By then we should have at least two dozen prospects.
Another governor’s office, another indictment.
Via the N&O:
Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby has said that Perdue, a former lieutenant governor and state lawmaker, is not a target of the probe, but today’s indictment reached into the campaign’s inner circle.
The key phrase in this story:
The new charges, all felonies,
Perdue responds (sorta) in a statement. Via WRAL:
At the District Attorney’s request, while those matters are pending, I will not comment on the specific charges or any aspect of the investigation. I will, however, reiterate what I made clear at the beginning of the investigation, and what the investigation has confirmed: as a citizen, a candidate for public office, and an elected official, I have strived to follow the rules and laws. I am proud of my record, and I remain sharply focused on strengthening our schools, creating jobs and moving North Carolina forward.
Here’s the link to the lovely budget page of Bev Perdue.
Happy reading. Story here.