Gov. Perdue’s office says her suggestion to suspend Cong. elections was only “hypberbole”

Posted by: ST on September 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm

The Raleigh News and Observer’s “Under the Dome” blog reports on curious remarks made by our Democrat Governor Bev. Perdue on the state of the economy – and one possible way to ‘fix’ it (via Daily Caller):

Speaking to a Cary rotary club today, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending Congressional elections for two years so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that,” Perdue said. “You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”

The comment — which came during a discussion of the economy — perked more than a few ears. It’s unclear whether Perdue, a Democrat, is serious — but her tone was level and she asked others to support her on the idea.

Later Tuesday afternoon, Perdue’s office clarified the remarks: “Come on,” said spokeswoman Chris Mackey in a statement. “Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve.”

Read her full remarks below.

“You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It’s a little bit more contentious now but it’s not impossible to try to do what’s right in this state. You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”

I’ll give the Governor the benefit of the doubt on not really being serious about suspending Congressional elections next year. After all, she could have really gone for the gusto and pushed to suspend statewide elections (which would impact her, considering she’s running for re-election) as well as the Presidential election – which would obviously benefit her party seeing as a suspension of that would keep our celebrity WH resident in the Oval Office for another two miserable years. However, even with that benefit of the doubt, it’s not really something an elected official should even hint around at – especially one in the postion of power of a Governor. Bryan Preston adds:

Save democracy…by killing democracy. What a novel concept.

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On facebook, Gov. Purdue’s desperate staff claim she was engaging in hyperbole. And just in case we’re all too stupid to get that, they define it for us.

Hyperbole (n): an exaggeration to create emphasis or effect

by Bev Perdue on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 1:54pm

There has been a little hubbub today about some comments the governor made at lunch today.

Here’s a statement from Press Secretary Chris Mackey:

“Come on…Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve.”

One, thanks for condescending (y’all might want to look that word up). Two, musing about canceling elections when you’re up for one next year isn’t funny. Three, it really isn’t funny. Now, go lose next year.

Seconded!

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  1. SpideyTerry says:

    Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole

    Then why did they need to release a statement that it was so obvious?

  2. Phineas says:

    What a great idea! And then the Congress can pass an Enabling Act so Obama can rule by decree, too!

    It’s about the only way they’re going to retain Congress. :-l

  3. Tim Barnes says:

    Here’s an idea, Gov. How ’bout limiting ALL politicians to one term, especially the Senators who are shoved down our throats for six years? Serve(boy, there’s an oxymoron)one term and then we wouldn’t have two years wasted on re-election. Sure would make it easier to forget the mistake in the WH.

  4. PE says:

    Our Congress, who art in DC, hallowed be thy name?

  5. Was House Bill 684 of the 2011 NC Session also ‘hyperbole’?

    Hey, lets allow the courts to label people as potential felons for such heinous acts as

    buying travel tickets to another state (Florida, Bama, etc)

    making transportation reservation to another state.

    picking up their child’s birth certificate.

    picking up their child’s medical records.

    picking up their child’s school records.

    quitting their job.

    Selling a home.

    Who lacks ‘strong family’ connections to the state of NC.

    Who lacks ‘strong financial’ connections to the state of NC.

    Who lacks ‘strong emotional’ connections to the state of NC.

    Who lacks ‘strong cultural’ connections to the state of NC.

    Who has ‘strong family’ connections to another state.

    Who has ‘strong financial’ connections to another state..

    Who has ‘strong emotional’ connections to another state.

    Who has ‘strong cultural’ connections to another state.

    What is in the water that such legislation even gets filed in the first place?

  6. And not one sponsor, but ELEVEN.

    Do the North Carolina Legislators know how to read?

    Have they read the constitution of both the United States and the Sate of North Carolina?

    List of the ELEVEN sponsors

    Blust;
    Collins;
    Cook;
    Dixon;
    Faircloth;
    Hurley;
    Ingle;
    Jordan;
    T. Moore;
    Sager;
    Sanderson;
    Torbett;

  7. Severian says:

    Some gov you got there ST. But, as it’s NC I guess it’ll be a BBQ hall putsch instead of beer hall…

  8. A Stephens says:

    She’s quite fascinating. I initially viewed her as fairly harmless, that is, as a southern lady growing up Democrat she wasn’t especially unusual and I didn’t see anything particularly radical about her but, she has absolutely reigned as a progressive and much in lockstep with the national Democrat agenda. She actually turns out to be quite damaging to the sate in my view.

    I hope Dr. Greg Brannon will consider running against her as a Tea Party conservative.

  9. Carlos says:

    “Who lacks ‘strong cultural’ connections to the state of NC.”

    Present blogger excepted, my first reaction was, with the likes of the guvner herself and your former (soon-to-be-felon) Senator Slick-Hair-that-Channels-Babies, N.C. has culture?

    Just kidding, of course. I think.

    BTW, Nicholas, what are the party affiliations of the people on that list?

    Warning, folks. This is part of the opening salvo that is intended as the base for declaring martial law next year before the elections, specifically because the Democraps KNOW they can’t win an election, and are too power-hungry to give up that power.

  10. ml says:

    Perdue will be a one-term Governor.

  11. Ed says:

    No video or audio? The governor speaks and nobody records it?
    Unlikely. Before the 2010 election I voiced the fear that someone would find a way to not have it. Now–a bare two weeks after Obama visits NC, the governor–the chief executive of North Carolina, proposes suspending congressional elections. C’mon folks–can’t you see the strings connected to her coming all the way from the oval office? Obama’s recent plea, “If you love me, pass this bill” marks him as a man who needs to be on a couch. Love me? Surely he meant to say, “if you love America……”? The man is a narcissist who stood in the limelight three years ago and now the light is out–gone. The Democrats saw him as having the Midas touch–so popular–loved–adored–dare I say worshipped? So much so that they passed Obamacare even though Americans said no–made back room deals with states like Nebraska and Lousiana–with unions and other “special interests”. Never mind that Obama said that would not happen in his brave new world. Perdue is a straw man–floating a trial balloon to see how it flies. Except the air in the balloon wasn’t hot enough. It sank like a stone—and now the apologists are walking back her statement as a “joke”. Some joke. A sitting governor–who, in her oath of office swore to uphold the Constitution is publicly proposing to subvert it. Joke? Don’t think so. I wrote to the Cary Rotary Club asking to speak to just one officer who was present at the meeting. I want to hear it from his or her lips–joke–or not?

  12. Joseph Brown says:

    Heck, I thought our SC governess was weird because she didn’t like the way our/her gubmint workers answered the phone. ST, you beat us on that one.:)>-

  13. Lorica says:

    Here is a woman who knows her party is cooked next year. This is flat out extremist desperation. These are the final comments of a person who is willing to do anything to get their way. This is not hyperbole, this is desperation.

    Why is it everytime these Democrats speak from their heart, the next day, after the horrible reaction, it is then a misspeak, or a joke or now hyperbole?? Biden and his praise of China’s 1 child policy, John Kerry and his “get us stuck in Iraq” comment, now this. It is time for We the People to stop being fooled by these people whose only desire is to rule over us, and here is yet another example of a person without ethics, that wants to be rule over us. – Lorica

  14. Chris Bennett says:

    Now I’m looking forward to her “hyperbole” in her speech opening the Democrats’ convention in Charlotte next summer.

    Go for it, Bev – Obama would want you to…