Governor says congressional elections should be 'suspended,' maybe
September 28th, 2011
12:33 PM ET
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Governor says congressional elections should be 'suspended,' maybe

(CNN)-Maybe it was wishful thinking.

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, whose second term in the governor's mansion is no guarantee, told a group of Rotarians Tuesday that she thinks "we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years."

The Democratic chief executive was elected in 2008 with a three-point advantage over her Republican opponent and is expected to face a tough battle for re-election.

But state politics weren't the talk of the hour when she spoke to the Rotary Club, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. Perdue was discussing the economy, which she felt might be important enough to preclude elections…maybe.

"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," she said.

"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."

And in what the article describes as a "level" tone, she said, "I really hope that someone can agree with me on that."

Press Secretary Christine Mackey pushed back at criticism blasting the governor for her seemingly-cavalier remarks in a statement saying, "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."

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Pam

    She has it all wrong! We need to do the opposite and have ALL members of Congress up for re-election in 2012 so we can boot ALL of them out!

    September 28, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. MTATL67

    I agree with the working together but is she nuts. We need to get those extrmists and do nothing (Boehner, Cantor and McConnell) Congressmen out of their as soon as possible. Why in the world would her Chief of Staff and Press Agent let her even say such a thing.

    September 28, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Seriously!?

    Someone please remove this woman from any place she has influence. That line of thought is just unacceptable.

    September 28, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. V in Chicago

    That would be the biggest disservice to this Country. We need to get the nut jobs out of there, now that everyone is seeing them for who they really are. Nice try, Gov., but not a good idea.

    September 28, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Is it something in the water or the air in these southern states? If anything we need to get rid of the teapublikans who are obstructing how our government works.
    Are all rethug women really hat stupid???? Gawd!!!!

    September 28, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. jay1975

    Goodbye second term.

    September 28, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. MarkPA

    When Democrats say dumb things, it just blows my mind.
    Is she one of them "Blue Dogs" or "DiNO's"?
    We need to get rid of these psycho tea baggers as soon as possible.
    Someone needs to have a serous discussion with her because if she is a Republican in Democrats clothing, she needs to change her party affiliation and wear the truth.

    September 28, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Hangar 13

    Glad CNN finally got on board and mentioned this story. Can you even imagine the uproar and indignation if a conservative had said something that stupid? There would be a 24/7 hatefest that would last for a week. I voted against Bev Perdue in 2008 and I will vote against her at every opportunity in the future. This latest foolishness represents about the average level of intelligence displayed by this political hack every day. November 2012 can't come fast enough, as much as most Democrats would like to avoid or "suspend" it!

    September 28, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. GOP Failed America

    That is a stupid suggestion. Term Limits, I totally agree with. There are too many career politicians in Washington and many states that need to find another job and stop milking the system. .

    September 28, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. 1crusader

    I think just the opposite.I think that If we could hold the election today, and vote out all of the people who have proven themselves to be partisan obstructionists, it wouldn't be too soon.On issue after issue, we have seen this same movie, and I don't think that anything significant will change until they are out of office even though this country is suffering.

    September 28, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Greg in Arkansas

    Suspend all "RE-ELECTION" and I am on board..!!

    September 28, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. coy4one

    The REAL answer is that we need to get each state to impose 12 year term limits on all Congressional seats. Rotating 1/3 of Congress every 4 years!!

    September 28, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    The Democratic chief executive was elected in 2008 with a three-point advantage over her Republican opponent and is expected to face a tough battle for re-election.
    Leave it to a leftist Democrat to suggest suspending elections. I'm sure nothing would please Obama and all the leftist Democrats more than turning this country into another Venzuela. This woman needs to be removed from office ASAP. She is either nuts or dangerous and neither is what a governor should be.

    September 28, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Jay Davis

    Audio of the speech has since been released and is available at more useful news sources. Listen for yourself, that broad wasn't telling a joke nor being hyperbolic.

    September 28, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. logic in LA

    These comments are a perfect example of what is wrong with the country.
    Pam all of Congress is up for re-election every tow years. Senators every 6.
    MTAT- McConnell is a senator- not a Congressman
    Seriously- The woman made a point about not worrying about their job in order to do actual work. always running for office keeps them from doing anything.

    September 28, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. enough of lies

    more democratic hog wash, just what obama wants and same with the dems, leave us in power so we can destroy more of America, BULL, kisk her vile butt out of NC. Bet there will be a false flag event if they dont stop the elections, Dems want obama to be king of America and all obama is is a anti-christ and a wannabe bodonkey.

    September 28, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Reggie from LA

    What the ham sandwich was that?!!
    You've gotta be kidding me!!! Yet another means to supress voters'/interest?
    What, a do-over? I don't think so. Do-overs, trading chickens. And I never see myself as holding office. I should think again.
    So it's a bad time for politics, eh? Darn right it is. @MTATL67 is right on the mark.

    September 28, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Jaywing

    Did we suspend elections during the War of 1812? No. The Civil War? No. During World War I or WW II? No. Sorry sweetheart, but the current situation in DC does not come up to the level of these crisis. This is as dumb and myopic idea as there is. We're a democracy. We the people vote. We decide, not you.

    September 28, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Jim Klimaski

    The idiots are not confined to the Republican Party.

    September 28, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Max

    Oh yea that is exactly what we need – the idiots we waste $2.5 billion per year on to stay in Congress and create another artificial and unnecessary financial crisis. This woman is precisely the type of person we need voted out of office – along with every single member of the "Tea Party," which, in reality, should be dubbed, "The Illogical Jesus Party."

    September 28, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Oregon Native

    They are just starting to be afraid we will vote all of them out of office and start with a new bunch that certainly couldn't do any worse. I suspect the worry is justified, I certainly won't vote for any of my current reps in DC.

    September 28, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Jamey

    Suspend elections. Then what, martial law? Get real, Gov.

    September 28, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Shawn

    The problem with Gov. Perdue, is she used hyperbole too effectively and thought the American people were intelligent enough to understand her humor. This is not a proposal, this is a jab at the politicians who care more about their re-election than doing the jobs they were elected to do.

    Alas, only lower forms of humor should be used with the American public, lest they don't understand it.

    September 28, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. 2 years

    All of congress is up for reelection in 2012. Congressional terms are only 2 years.

    September 28, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Right problem. Wrong solution.

    The problem with Congress is money. We have a Congress that is for the money, by the money, and now has the money because of the money. If you didn't understand what that means, let me say it another way. It's the money, stupid.

    September 28, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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