(NewsObserver.com) –Speaking on Tuesday [Sept. 27, 2011] to a Cary Rotary Club, Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending congressional elections for two years so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election.
…. 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.”
Here is the audio:
The money quote:
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,
You want people who don’t worry about the next election.
She sounded serious to me. But no matter how you slice it, suspending elections is no laughing matter.
Publius at Big Government
If that was a “joke” then Gov. Perdue may have the worst sense of comic tone and timing in history.
What do you all think? Trial balloon, hyperbole or something in between?
In related Gov. Perdue news:
“Maybe North Carolina’s Democrat Governor Beverly Perdue should suspend her re-election efforts while her campaign is under criminal investigation. “
Sept. 28, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today reacted to North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue’s call to suspend congressional elections for two years:
“The North Carolina legislature should impeach Governor Beverly Perdue, who has called for the suspension of the U.S. Constitutional requirement for federal elections. This is all a part of a disturbing trend on the hard left, showing their antipathy toward the people’s right to choose the direction of their country rather than the elites who think they know best.
“Recently, former White House OMB director [for Obama -Ed.] and Pelosi CBO director Peter Orszag similarly stated that ‘we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic’. This is a trial balloon for tyranny.
“History has shown that elite-driven government always leads to authoritarianism. It’s time for the North Carolina legislature to stand up for the American principle that legitimacy can only be conferred through the consent of the governed by impeaching Perdue immediately. Perdue and Orszag’s attack on representative government is a desire to go back to the days before the American Revolution when the nation suffered under taxation without representation.”
Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.