@NCCapitol

@NCCapitol

Faison: 'Perdue has her own problems'

Posted September 16, 2011

State Rep. Bill Faison, D-Orange, is neither confirming nor denying he may challenge incumbent Gov. Bev Perdue in next May's primary.

Asked for confirmation of rumors that he's been making inquiries about support for such a challenge, Faison said, "At the moment, I think we need to win back the House. I certainly am aware that Perdue has her own problems, including the possibility of imminent indictments against some of her very close associates."

"I want to see us keep the governor's office in Democratic hands," he continued.

"I think her numbers do not look good. I think her situation does not look good. It's possible she may decide to do something else. She may not want to run for a second term. Should that occur, I certainly would be interested in considering a race," Faison concluded

So, is he saying he wouldn't run against her if she's on the ballot in May?

"At the moment, I'm focused on winning back the House," he repeated. 

Perdue has said she intends to run for re-election.

Faison recently called a press conference to unveil a jobs proposal. Minority Leader Joe Hackney's office didn't know about it and didn't endorse it. When the plan didn't receive much coverage, Faison rolled it out again earlier this week, with the support of 34 of his fellow House Democrats. 

"We're trying to move forward with something positive for this state," he said of his plan, which would involve reinstating the one-cent sales tax Republicans allowed to expire this summer to pay for hiring incentives for small business. "We can fix this."

2 Comments

This story is closed for comments. Comments on WRAL.com news stories are accepted and moderated between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Oldest First
View all
  • getupdems Sep 17, 12:09 a.m.

    On September 13, 2011, Faison was joined by the following Members of the NC House: Alma Adams, Kelly Alexander, Larry Bell, Alice Bordsen, Marcus Brandon, William Brisson, Angela Bryant, Becky Carney, Beverly Earle, Jean Farmer-Butterfield, Elmer Floyd, Rosa Gill, Charles Graham, Phillip Haire, Larry Hall, Susi Hamilton, Pricey Harrison, Dewey Hill, Maggie Jeffus, Patsy Keever, Marvin Lucas, Frank McGuirt, Marian McLawhorn, Henry Michaux Jr., Annie Mobley, Rodney Moore, Earline Parmon, Garland Pierce, Ray Rapp, Joe Tolson, William Wainwright, Edith Warren, Larry Womble, W. A. (Winkie) Wilkins, Michael H. Wray at the House Democrats' Business Caucus, chaired by Faison. These members signed onto the plan.

  • getupdems Sep 17, 12:04 a.m.

    "Should that occur, I certainly would be interested in considering a race" GOOD! I for one hope you do. Run Bill Run

    Joe Hackney needs to go. Actually Faison needs to be SPEAKER. Joe Hackney could not stop a budget or same sex marriage amendment by even pretending to keep his Democrats in line. A failed leader. FAILED.

    Faison has 34 in support of his plan so where's Hackney? He's having a bus tour to talk about the very elements of Faison's plan. Brilliant. Copy cat.
    Laura Leslie should follow the press conferences and talk to the dissatisfied House Democrats and stay off the Hackney-itis. It's fatal