Washington Post: Perdue to announce today that she won't run

Rumors flying fast

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) is set to announce today that she will not seek reelection in 2012, according to two sources familiar with her plans.

Perdue, who turned 65 earlier this month, was set for a rematch of her 2008 race with former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory (R), but she has been plagued by low approval ratings and faced some tough odds this year.

Sources say she has labored over her decision about whether to seek a second term. One source said she plans to announce she will step aside in a statement this afternoon.

Update: Please see the following statement from Governor Bev Perdue:

Like the rest of the nation, North Carolina has been facing difficult economic times -- demanding many difficult decisions. I have had to make painful budget cuts in important areas of government. But I believe I have approached this challenge in a way that is consistent with my values and the values that have made our state a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I have spent my tenure in office - and, in fact, my adult lifetime - fighting for things that I care deeply about. And as anyone who knows me will tell you, I do not back down from tough fights.

But I understand this: We live in highly partisan times, where some people seem more worried about scoring political points than working together to address the real challenges our state faces. And it is clear to me that my race for re-election will only further politicize the fight to adequately fund our schools. A re-election campaign in this already divisive environment will make it more difficult to find any bipartisan solutions.

The thing I care about most right now is making sure that our schools and schoolchildren do not continue to be the victims of shortsighted legislative actions and severe budget cuts inflicted by a legislative majority with the wrong priorities. Therefore, I am announcing today that I have decided not to seek re-election. I hope this decision will open the door to an honest and bipartisan effort to help our schools.

To those of you who have supported me throughout my years of public service, I will always be grateful for the confidence you have placed in me. In my remaining months in office, I look forward to continuing to fight for the priorities we share, by putting North Carolinians back to work and investing in our children's future. To my children and grandchildren, and especially to my husband Bob, thank you for always being there for me - especially as I've weighed this difficult decision.

Thank you all, and God bless North Carolina.

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the Twittersphere is going crazy

Almost as if she was holding off on announcing until she lined someone up to run who meets her approval...ahem



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That's how I'm seeing it

There's a deal going down. Just goes to show what I know, which ain't much.

My first thoughts went to Faison, who has either been a stalking horse or a loose canon. But either way, it's hard to see him as the anointed one.

If the impending announcement is true, it's a whole new ball game.

Anyone heard from Richard Moore lately?

: )

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Walter Dalton or Roy Cooper

Walter Dalton or Roy Cooper will probably be annoited pretty quick if this is true.

Brad Miller

How about Brad Miller....putting the last breaking news together with this one. Does anyone know if he would be interested in the job?

Anybody but Erskine Bowles

He has proven he can NOT win in NC more than once.

And he's a part of the kill-Social-Security-to-fix-it, deficit hysteria crowd.

Hell no to Erskine Bowles.

 

Walter Dalton

Remember that high dollar fundraiser that got so much attention recently? Look for the Lt. Gov. to be anointed.

That's my bet

Talked to some serious insiders this morning ... the Perdue announcement is coming as a surprise to all of them.

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Think Roy Cooper would have a

Think Roy Cooper would have a problem with all the mistakes within the SBI. Personally I think Waler Dalton would have the least baggage to defend. Brad Miller is an interesting prospect though.....

Dalton

Right you are. In fact, I'd say he has no baggage to speak off. That's what happens when you build a career on milquetoast.

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Yawn

I haven't heard anything from Walter Dalton until the fundraisers started last fall. I have no opinion of him and no excitement for him.

Brad Miller jumped to mind as soon as I had processed that Perdue is not going to run again--news that makes me very sad that we'll lose Perdue! I am very grateful that Miller is avoiding a primary with David Price and I like and respect both of them very much.

"Not having baggage" is not exactly a great qualification.

Just sayin'.

Dalton is okay, as far as I know. I remember the Lt. Gov. race - it was something - and he was the anointed one then, if I do recall. But wouldn't it be good to have a Democratic candidate who could generate enthusiastic support as well as high-dollar donations?

That's sort of what I was saying

when I brought up milquetoast. At least that's what I thought I was saying.

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Just Amplifying. :)

Getting my feet wet, I suppose, not arguing with you, James.

We're gonna be wet

up to our eyeballs.

Today has been a tectonic shift, opening fissures and new possibilities at light speed.

I see it as a grand debate, the Force vs. the Dark Side. Will we be continuing with The Empire Strikes back, or is this the return of the Jedi?

Time will tell.

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If the rumors are true...

I just want to be on record saying I was never a Perdue fan...HOWEVER... After she came out and addressed my complaints in the primary I discontinued being openly against her. I spoke in her favor after the primary and after her election. I think she has done the best job possible with all of the obstacles she faced. Had she chosen to run again I would have readily supported her.

Personally, I think we have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to Democrats qualified to run for and serve as governor. This had to be a terribly difficult decision for her to make. I think we will look back as North Carolina recovers and be able to see her hand in the recovery.

I also want to be on record as saying I will not support Bill Faison since he was dancing on Bev Perdue's grave long before it was even dug.



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I agree with most of your comments

Perdue's position on a number of issues have been offensive to me, but I've long since learned that I can't get everything I want.

Ditto to what you wrote about Faison. He hasn't been dancing on her grave, he's been the grim-freaking-reaper.

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Agree

Agree and agree....

That cracking sound is hell freezing over! Ha!



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I'm with you, Betsy,

on all the above.

Sweet Union Dem

Hi there!

We should talk soon.



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Perdue and Miller not running again....

Well, sh*t.

There's got to be more to this

How long will we have to wait to find out the real reasons behind this. No incumbent leaves money on the table in this day and age.

Syd

The anti LGBT amendment is less likely to pass.

Democrats will have a primary to vote in. By then the Republican primary winner may already obvious.

That's right about the primary

I just hope we have at least one solid, pro-equality voice in the race. That would help with turnout ... it's coming down, as it always does, to the numbers game.

James

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Perdue Statement

Please see the following statement from Governor Bev Perdue:

Like the rest of the nation, North Carolina has been facing difficult economic times -- demanding many difficult decisions. I have had to make painful budget cuts in important areas of government. But I believe I have
approached this challenge in a way that is consistent with my values and the values that have made our state a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I have spent my tenure in office - and, in fact, my adult lifetime - fighting for things that I care deeply about. And as anyone who knows me will tell you, I do not back down from tough fights.

But I understand this: We live in highly partisan times, where some people seem more worried about scoring political points than working together to address the real challenges our state faces. And it is clear to me that my race for re-election will only further politicize the fight to adequately fund our schools. A re-election campaign in this already divisive environment will make it more difficult to find any bipartisan solutions.

The thing I care about most right now is making sure that our schools and schoolchildren do not continue to be the victims of shortsighted legislative actions and severe budget cuts inflicted by a legislative majority with the wrong priorities. Therefore, I am announcing today that I have decided not to seek re-election. I hope this decision will open the door to an honest and bipartisan effort to help our schools.

To those of you who have supported me throughout my years of public service, I will always be grateful for the confidence you have placed in me. In my remaining months in office, I look forward to continuing to fight for the priorities we share, by putting North Carolinians back to work and investing in our children's future. To my children and grandchildren, and especially to my husband Bob, thank you for always being there for me - especially as I've weighed this difficult decision.

Thank you all, and God bless North Carolina.

That statement is not

That statement is not reassuring that indictment won't soon be following. Sorry,but a lame duck governor is not getting anything done with this Legislature. Even her vetoes maybe of little use now.

What is the over/under that she resigns before the primary in May?

James, wow

Just because we knew something before other folks did - grim reaper, really? Too bad but the fact is we knew this day was coming and said so. And that's what people in NC needed to know. This official announcement coming very late.

Maybe not grim reaper

...shit stirrer fits, though



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Yeah, grim reaper is out of line

Sorry about that.

As it turns out, you were right all along about this. What I don't know is whether Bill's public criticism pushed thing past a tipping point or not. Not really worth worrying about at this stage.

I don't begrudge Bill the right to call things like he sees them. I do that all the time. Good thing no one listens to me.

:)

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