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Perdue takes break while economic woes go unabated

Posted February 9, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— While the stimulus debate raged in Washington, D.C., on Monday and North Carolina's economic picture continued to look bleak, Gov. Beverly Perdue was out of state on vacation.

Perdue and her husband, Bob Eaves, have taken a weeklong vacation in an undisclosed, warm-weather location, spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said. The governor and her husband are paying for the trip.

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"This was something that she had planned with her husband for some time now," Pearson said. "She couldn't cancel on him, so she decided instead to go ahead and leave town and take work with her."

Perdue remains in constant contact with her staff, Pearson said.

"Just because she's on vacation – this working vacation – doesn't mean this office stops working or falls silent, she said. "I suspect, though she may be in a warmer climate, she is still working just as hard as when she was here."

Perdue won praise during her first couple of weeks in office for making executive decisions on state schools and government accountability and for twice appealing to Congress for federal stimulus money to help erase the state's $2 billion budget deficit. But the timing of vacation raised questions among lawmakers and state residents about how hard she is working for them.

"I think it is bad timing, but I understand if this was planned well in advance," taxpayer Kathy Warren said.

"Let's give her a chance. We're behind her, but I don't think this is the time to be taking a vacation," taxpayer Herbert Moore said.

One lawmaker said it was better for Perdue to take her break now, before the General Assembly starts serious work on the budget and other issues, than later.

Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake, said he hopes she comes back relaxed and ready to work.

"I don't think it was a really good idea to (go on vacation)," Hunt said. "Having said that, she's been in a long campaign, (and) she's got a humongous task in front of her to come up with a proposed budget for us to consider. I'm prepared to give her a little slack."

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  • epatti Feb 19, 2009

    She was formally invited to attend a Public Forum on February 28th to represent the citizens of Northeast NC in our fight against the Navy's proprosed Outlying Landing Field and we haven't even gotten a response from her. All letters and emails that have been sent to her for months have only been replied with an automatic confirmation and no calls have been returned from her office (100's of them!). Did she take her entire staff on vacation as well???

  • ridgerunner Feb 11, 2009

    Bev does not think she needs to attend alot of things, remember, no show for 2 debates.

  • Eduardo1 Feb 11, 2009

    when will this end as a story? I think once it came out that she went on vacation, it shouls have ended it. The Bev lovers, find that it is o'k for her to be away. The Bev haters of course feel the opposite, so as the old commercial use to go "Hey Jerry, whats the story?d

  • Eduardo1 Feb 11, 2009

    It is o'k to return Bev, your tuchas has been saved, the stimulus bill should make you look like YOU saved jobs and projects. By the way, how about some smart spending cuts, similar to the $500,000 max for Executives in the private sector and maybe 10% cuts for everyone over $150,000 for a year or two

  • news4u Feb 11, 2009

    Look for the "Joker" at the Daytona 500.

  • nobama Feb 11, 2009

    I want her to go on a permanent vacation and not come back.

  • cameragirl Feb 11, 2009

    I want to know how much the STATE is having to pay to have her detail (Highway Patrol) and such with her on this vacation. Is she paying for it out of her own pocket? N&O Please do an article on this aspect of her "Vacation she is paying for".

  • leebmad Feb 11, 2009

    I am sure someone in Nc would have appreciated her spending her money in this state at this point in time. She could have waited for for O'Messiah to fix everything before taking an out of state vacation. Poor decisions from someone you don't want them from.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 11, 2009

    How long do you think the economy will be in this slump with no jobs, etc. ?

  • Garnerwolf1 Feb 11, 2009

    To all those that don't see a problem with this, including the person that wrote the Ltr to the Editor in the N&O this morning, answer me one simple question. In any job that you have ever had, would you have been granted a one week vacation after one month on the job?

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