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Fellow Democrat to Perdue: Step aside

Posted November 29, 2011

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Monday that Gov. Bev Perdue is not the focus of a year-long campaign finance investigation that led to the indictments of two of her former staffers and a longtime friend.

Still, the charges are apparently enough to embolden Rep. Bill Faison, who said earlier after some controversy that he would not challenge Perdue in a primary.

Faison, D-Orange, said Tuesday he believes Perdue will step aside.

“You have all these indictments. And the focus of the governor’s office ought to be on the people and ought to be dealing with the economic crisis we got,” Faison said.

“Clearly, the DA is saying that they’re still investigating this matter, so it’s not over. Clearly, the governor’s office is focused on those investigations and the consequences of them, and the focus ought to be on the people," he said.

"So I think, ultimately, Gov. Perdue will do the right thing and decide not to run. I don’t believe you’ll ever see her file,” Faison said.

Perdue’s campaign announced in November 2010 she would run for re-election, and campaign consultant Marc Farinella reiterated that Tuesday.

"Gov. Perdue is running for re-election. I can say that unequivocally," Farinella said.

Perdue campaign manager Fiona Conroy noted that fundraising is "going very well."

"We are organizing our campaign team, and we are preparing for the campaign ahead,” Conroy said.

Faison admitted he had not had a discussion with Perdue about her plans for 2012.

“But I’m looking at what she’s doing, and I’m not seeing the actions of somebody’s who’s running for governor," he said. "I don’t see conduct that looks like somebody who’s running a gubernatorial campaign.

“I know she’s put a lot of her own money into the campaign – probably three-quarters of a million dollars – and I don’t know whether she’s raised enough money to get it back,” he said. “But what I don’t see is what looks like a major fundraising effort, and if you compare what she’s doing and what (Pat) McCrory’s doing, they appear to be dramatically different.”

McCrory, the former Charlotte mayor who lost to Perdue in the 2008 election, is widely seen as the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2012.

Faison cited a fundraising appeal he said Democratic lawmakers had received from Perdue’s campaign.

“When you’re bringing in national figures to help you with fundraising, it looks like you’re really trying to do something," he said. "If what you’re doing is trying to raise money out of folks who are running for office, rather than helping them raise money, then it doesn’t really look like you’re serious about stepping up and getting it done – at least not to me.”

He suggested her fundraising is only to repay her campaign debt.

“Perhaps she wants to pay back her campaign debt,” Faison said. “I don’t know. As long as she’s in negative numbers and still owes more money to herself than she’s paid back, I suppose that could be an answer to the question.”

Farinella said Faison is only interested in pushing Perdue aside so he can run for governor.

"Bill Faison thinks he ought to have a higher office. He wants to be governor or senator or president, and he thinks the way to do that is to spread innuendos and falsehoods about someone else," Farinella said. "She is running, and Mr. Faison, I think, needs to come to terms with that. He is not going to be the Democratic candidate for governor, as much as he wants to."

Faison said he is again considering a run for governor.

“Well, I certainly think we need strong leadership at the top of the ticket, and I’m certainly giving consideration to it. That’s a decision for some time in the future,” he said.

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  • marktroll Dec 7, 1:01 p.m.

    jeanee bonds be gettin freaky with faison i know for a fact i seen it

  • Hill55 Nov 30, 8:41 p.m.

    No to Faison. He is another John Edwards. Made a fortune chasing ambulances.

  • whatusay Nov 30, 9:59 a.m.

    Capt Mercury.... I agree with your comments. I also believe term limits for congress is the only solution, 2 terms and you are out. I also believe congress members setting up non-profits should be illegal if they require taxes to support them. These congress members set up a non-profit on our taxes and draw a salary. Some congress members have several....they get rich in a very short time, off the tax payers....and that's above their salary and expenses and health insurance and pensions....

  • Capt Mercury Nov 30, 9:37 a.m.

    All these right-wing comments that Obama got Bev into the governors mansion are based on pure ignorance of the fact that both Bev and Obama won because George W. Bush and his right-wing "let business run the nation" folks ran the economy into the ground. Until we all wake up and realize that almost all politicians are bought and paid for by special interests, and that our political system is a "pay for play" operation that must be reformed, we'll just bounce back and forth between right- and left-wing crooks until the USA is completely wrecked.

    If you love your nation, don't vote for what you see on TV. Vote for what you KNOW.

  • westernwake1 Nov 30, 9:34 a.m.

    "If only the opinions read here were votes, Perdue would get approximately 5% in the next election. The only reason she might get more is we can vote a "straight ticket ballot" in NC. Voters are lazy...they don't know the candidates and if they are a democrat they usually vote the straight ticket." - whatusay

    The reality in a general election is that about 30% of the voters basicly pull straight ticket Democrat and another 30% pull straight ticket Replublican. The candidates are fighting for the 40% of people in the middle who actually use their minds.

  • westernwake1 Nov 30, 9:30 a.m.

    "mc2, you said: The governor did nothing illegal. Her office cooperated fully with the investigation.

    You have proof of that, or just blowing smoke? I'm talking about solid irrefutable PROOF. Not some "someone said" or anything like that." - driverkid3

    To be fair, mc2 is just basically quoting Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby. The DA has said this week that the governors conduct is not at issue and is not the focus of this investigation. He also stated that the governors office has fully cooperated. A portion of his comments can be found in the following WRAL videos.

    http://www.wral.com/news/local/politics/video/10434690/#/vid10434085

    http://www.wral.com/news/state/nccapitol/video/10438372/#/vid10438372

    Note: Two videos will play with the DAs quotes in the first link.. one after the other.

  • Deb1003 Nov 30, 9:17 a.m.

    Anything to get Bev out of office sounds great to me!

  • whatusay Nov 30, 8:40 a.m.

    cooperating with an investigation is not a defense for a crime. To say Perdue knows nothing about the trips "she was on" is no defense, but either shows incompetence, or a cover-up.

  • whatusay Nov 30, 8:16 a.m.

    If only the opinions read here were votes, Perdue would get approximately 5% in the next election. The only reason she might get more is we can vote a "straight ticket ballot" in
    NC. Voters are lazy...they don't know the candidates and if they are a democrat they usually vote the straight ticket. NC needs to change our ballot....check the candidate of your choice. The party should not be listed by the candidates name. If you don't know anything about them, don't vote, stay at home. Voting is not a patriotic experience if you are ignorant of the candidates....It's a crip shoot and many times the worst candidate gets elected, like Obama and Perdue last election.

  • Disabled Vet Nov 30, 8:16 a.m.

    I think that NC and hopefully the entire country will have nothing to fear in 2012. Hopefully, Perdue and Brobama will both become unemployed by the end of the year.

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