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Farinella: Faison "not going to be" Dem nominee in '12

Posted November 29, 2011

Orange County Representative Bill Faison is the first - and, so far, the only - Democratic public official to call for Gov. Bev Perdue to step aside next year.

Faison said today he's confident the governor will “do the right thing and decide not to run” for re-election in 2012.

Perdue campaign spokesman Marc Farinella says that's wishful thinking on Faison’s part.

“Governor Perdue is running for re-election. I can say that unequivocally,” Farinella said with a laugh.

Perdue actually announced a year ago that she would seek a second term. But this week, a grand jury indicted two of her former campaign staffers and a longtime family friend for false campaign finance reporting and obstruction of justice.

Wake County DA Colon Willoughby has repeatedly said the governor is not the focus of the investigation and has fully cooperated with it. But Faison says the probe makes her a weaker candidate. In fact, he says, she’s not even really campaigning.  Rep. Bill Faison Perdue running in 2012, despite Faison's prodding

“Is her focus really on a jobs plan? Where IS her jobs plan?” Faison asked.

“I think the focus that the governor has right now is on not only the indictments that have come out, but the ongoing investigation which has the potential to lead to more indictments,” Faison said. “And I think what we need is to move forward with strong leadership on the issues that are affecting the people in our state, [and] go to work solving the problems.”

“Governor Perdue is very focused on her job,” Farinella retorted, citing today’s announcement of Chiquita’s move to Charlotte. He also says her campaign is underway and her fundraising is going well.

Farinella said he doesn’t believe Perdue’s proximity to the campaign finance probe will hurt her in 2012. “What voters will care about is that the governor has never been the focus of this investigation, that her conduct has never been in question, and that she is out there fighting for the issues that voters care about – mostly creating jobs and fighting for our schools,” he said. Farinella Farinella on Faison and 2012

Faison has a different take. “I think the Democratic ranks are concerned that we continue with an agenda focused on putting people back to work and promoting education - things I feel like the Republicans have been tearing apart,” he said. “And I think we as Democrats certainly will look for ways to put forth strong candidates to promote those ideals and issues, and that we’ll all come together around the candidates we select.”

Farinella thinks Faison's call for Perdue to step aside is less about leadership than political ambition.

“Look, 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 innuendo or falsehoods about someone else.”

“A few months ago, he ran for chairman of his own party and was soundly trounced,” said Farinella. “He doesn’t even have a following there. He’s become all about himself, and I think a lot of people in his own party find that very disappointing, and I think that’s what you were hearing from him today. ”

Faison has said he will not challenge Perdue in a Democratic primary. But if she doesn't run, he might.

“It's certainly something I'm considering, but [that’s] a decision to be made some weeks in the future,” Faison confirmed.   Faison on Perdue and 2012

“She is running,” Farinella reiterated. “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 really wants to.”

The raw interview with Farinella is above, and the interview with Faison is at right.

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  • jmbonds3 Dec 1, 2011

    http://billfaison.com/018_PRESS_RELEASE_for_NOV_30_2011_jb_final.pdf
    Bill's statement is here.

    Jeanne Bonds

  • jmbonds3 Dec 1, 2011

    And I believe the other poster is correct. It is a fact that the Governor asked Bill Faison to run for Party Chair, and I believe the vote difference was 47, hardly within the definition of a trouncing but since he was who she wanted ....

    These three comments are from Jeanne Bonds

  • jmbonds3 Dec 1, 2011

    Here is Bill’s definitive word on the matter, straight from him, Mark.

    While you attempt to disparage a member of the NC House with your innuendo, let’s stick with some facts.

    “I am concerned about the ongoing investigations into the campaign of our Governor and I believe it has to be said that these first indictments look like serious issues. I cannot help but be concerned that our Governor is distracted from the real issues in our State which are the high unemployment and underemployment that threaten our future. She has not said publicly and officially that she is a candidate for Governor, leading me to question whether or not she will run. I understand there are on-going federal and state investigations. My goal, like that of many Democrats, is to win the House and the Governor’s office in order to stop the radical social agenda and focus on the economy, jobs and education. I have said this at every event where I have spoken. I have not said she should step aside or not

  • jmbonds3 Dec 1, 2011

    Response: Great, Mark, but let’s hear from her and let’s hear her announce. You doing it for her means … well, it means you are saying she will and that’s not her speaking for herself. She did an interview recently on Flashpoint with Dave Wagner and was asked and was … um .. less than straightforward with her answer. This is not so difficult. You saying she will run does not answer the question. So to divert the attention, you then go to …

    “Look, 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 innuendo or falsehoods about someone else.”
    Response: Interesting conclusion. Love the negative diversion. It is a known fact that Bill has been all over the state promoting a JOBS plan. When did he spread an innuendo or falsehood? He stated his opinion whether or not she will run. Opinions are not falsehoods; they are opinions.

  • jmbonds3 Dec 1, 2011

    I do not know who my shadow poster is but I am perfectly capable of posting my thoughts on this issue. So, thanks, but really. I can post them myself and have done so in several other areas today. I appreciate you pulling them and posting but I would rather do so myself.

    “Farinella thinks Faison's call for Perdue to step aside is less about leadership than political ambition.”
    Response: Bill Faison said he does not think the Governor will file. “Step aside” are not words he ever used. He said he thinks she is distracted by other issues. Leadership is about issues and stepping up to the plate. Hmmm, have you seen what Bill has been doing lately. It is called “leading” on an issue.

    “Governor Perdue is running for re-election. I can say that unequivocally,” Farinella said with a laugh.
    Response: Great, Mark, but let’s hear from her and let’s hear her announce. You doing it for her means … well, it means you are saying she will and that’s not her speaking for h

  • getupdems Dec 1, 2011

    To Mark Farinella:

    1. Bill Faison asked whether or not the Governor was running and said he did not believe she would. You announcing for her does not answer the question. A few weeks ago on Flashpoint with Dave Wagner, she was asked directly and did not directly announce or answer.

    2. Do you know Bill Faison? The Governor asked him to run for Party Chair. Did you know that? A trouncing is not 47 votes, which was the margin.

    3. Do you know Bill Faison? Since you do not, how do you presume what he thinks? And, where was there a falsehood or innuendo spread? Since when did speaking to the print press and media with a statement as to his thoughts or a question about the Governor become a falsehood or innuendo?

    4. This is not rocket science. The Governor can announce and this will be moot.

  • ptrrrk1 Nov 29, 2011

    I'm from Orange County and know first hand how dishonest Bill Faison can be.. I would vote for Satan first....