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Perdue, Moore Campaigns Begin Political Sniping

Posted September 7, 2007
Updated September 10, 2007

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— Eight months before the 2008 primary, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and State Treasurer Richard Moore have started gearing up in the fight for the Democratic nomination for governor.

The two political heavyweights have already raised more than $4 million apiece for the campaign, and their campaign staffers are beginning to snipe at each other.

Moore's campaign all but accused Perdue of flip-flopping on issues like the death penalty, for example.

"One side, she's throwing red meat to the law enforcement crowd, and then she turns around and indicates she may be for ending the death penalty," said Jay Reiff, a spokesman for Moore's campaign.

Perdue's camp said her position was being distorted. Spokesman David Kochman said she supports the death penalty but wants it halted until issues of fairness and a doctor's role are resolved.

"It's clear that Richard Moore thinks the only way he can win is to go negative and to run a scorched-earth campaign," Kochman said.

Reiff also criticized Perdue for waiting to officially announce her run for governor.

"The Perdue campaign wants to duck and hide and run out the clock and not engage in an open, honest debate in this campaign," he said.

"She's not going to let it get dragged into the gutter the way Richard Moore wants, and the fall is when we think its appropriate to announce her campaign," Kochman said.

Peace College political science professor David McLennan said Perdue's strategy makes sense.

"She's employing the strategy most front-runners employ," he said. "Why put yourself at risk when you don't need to?"

McLennan said Democrats need to be careful not to get too bloody during the primary because the winner will have to take on the top Republican for governor next fall.

So far, state Sen. Fred Smith, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Orr and Salisbury attorney Bill Graham are running for the GOP nomination.

"I think we're gong to see it get worse before it gets better," McLennan said.

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  • forthelostnc Sep 12, 2007

    I personally would liketo know why Ms Perdue and our beloved Gov. Easly are still walking the streets when they should be in a cell with their partner in crime,mr Black

  • angora2 Sep 11, 2007

    Seen in another comment section:

    "Unfortunately, however, over 50% of Americans eligible to vote can't be bothered, and let someone else do their deciding for them."

  • angora2 Sep 11, 2007

    XTeacher: "Need I say more?"

    Methinks you've blown more than enough hot air into this story than is necessary. Stick to the issues, please.

  • NoToIllegals Sep 11, 2007

    Do not expect any liberal to give their solution ideas because none exist.

    I wouldn't vote for any Democrat in this state EVER again!
    Tax, tax, tax, increase, increase, increase, throw money into the bottomless educational pit, illegals running amok, no accountability from politicians, just let those in power rule their kingdom.

    Need I say more?

  • ncsufamily24 Sep 10, 2007

    "I think we're gong to see it get worse before it gets better," McLennan said.

    I agree with the wise professor. After all, he is talking about a bunch of Democrats........

  • msncdso Sep 10, 2007

    Please candidates, just tell us what you're for and against, then let it go at that. Give the voters credit for some degree of mentality. If you don't, you'll end up paying for it in the general election even if you win in the primary.

  • fredssmithisnotmysenator Sep 10, 2007

    Boooooo, Fred Smith, Booooooooo! Bad man, bad man! Lie, lie, lie!

  • knotty Sep 10, 2007

    Check the shift lock key.

  • ncsufamily24 Sep 10, 2007

    "Reiff also criticized Perdue for waiting to officially announce her run for governor."

    What? Apparently, Perdue's folks remember that chapter on strategy play from that ole Democrat handbook. Wake up!

  • ncsufamily24 Sep 10, 2007

    Jay Reiff:

    "The Perdue campaign wants to duck and hide and run out the clock and not engage in an open, honest debate in this campaign."

    Well, I thought all politicians were experts at that. Odds are, there's a chapter in some ole Democrat strategy handbook which instructs you how to deal with an opponent like Beverly Perdue.

    Democrat politicians are so predictable. And fuuny....

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