Wake GOP chair has strong words for Perdue

Posted February 17, 2012

— The leader of the Wake County Republican Party stood by Friday her comment to a large crowd of GOP activists in which she described Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue as "the dumbest governor in America."

Susan Bryant, chairwoman of the Wake County GOP, spoke Thursday night shortly after Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory gave a speech to the local precinct organizational meeting at Dorton Arena in Raleigh. After McCrory left the building, Bryant offered meeting instructions sprinkled in with comments designed to energize the party faithful for the 2012 election cycle.

Bryant told the crowd "we still have the dumbest governor in America" in Perdue and that the only thing "that she's done right is deciding not to run."

Spokesmen for Perdue on political matters and the state Democratic Party denounced the comment. Perdue announced three weeks ago she wasn't running for re-election this year.

"North Carolinians do not condone these kind of personal attacks," Perdue spokesman Marc Farinella wrote in an email, adding that "Bryant's remarks do not contribute anything to the public dialog."

Former 2nd District Congressman Bob Etheridge, who is running to succeed Perdue as governor, also criticized the remark.

"Not only is it unfortunate, it's unacceptable for anyone," Etheridge said late Friday at a Democratic Party gathering. "It's just not common decency, but to say it about the chief executive is absolutely unacceptable, and they ought to be ashamed of themselves and they ought to apologize for it."

Bryant defended the remark through county GOP spokesman Luther Snyder, who said it "was a political comment, not a personal one" and was based on several actions and comments by Perdue with which she did not agree. They include a comment last fall in which Perdue suggested congressional elections be suspended for two years to ease gridlock in Washington. The governor later called the comment sarcasm.

Bryant also cited Perdue's veto of a bill that would require photo identification to vote and her proposal to raise the sales tax by three-fourths of a penny for education spending after a temporary tax was allowed to expire last year, according to Snyder.

"She's going to stand by the quote," he said.

Soon after Democrats called on McCrory to disavow the statement and tell her to apologize, the former Charlotte mayor distanced himself from Bryant's remark.

"Pat doesn't agree with or condone those comments," McCrory campaign spokesman Brian Nick said.

Speaking earlier this week after filing his candidacy papers at the State Board of Elections, McCrory said he would run a positive campaign in 2012 bid like he said he did in his 2008 campaign: "We're very proud of the type of campaign we run and the message that we've conveyed."

But he's been a repeated critic of Perdue's policies going back to their 2008 general election campaign in which he blamed Perdue, then the lieutenant governor, for enabling a "culture of corruption" within state government.

McCrory didn't hit hard on that point in Thursday's night Wake County GOP precinct meeting, except to say the culture and policies of Perdue and preceding Gov. Mike Easley were unacceptable for North Carolina's future. He also received applause when he said the Republican goal was almost halfway complete because "Beverly Perdue will not be the next governor of North Carolina."


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  • gmarcum Feb 17, 2012

    Truth hurts.....

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 17, 2012

    Maxine Waters does not represent anyone in the state of NC....Nah, they are too dumb to figure that out.

    Pot meet kettle. How yougoing to call someone out for something then do the same thing. Thats why people think libs are ignoranly hypocritical.

  • bombayrunner Feb 17, 2012

    i think bev did ok .. she was a hard worker always on the go. got a chance to tell here face to face one day at the mall during xmas shopping late last year. She was there with like a daughter, no one noticed her which amazed me. She was very gracious, even took a picture. thanks, Bev.

  • North Carolina Home Feb 17, 2012

    Republicans, keep your eye on the ball.

    WRAL has spent the entire week diverting attention from the story of government intrusion gone too far as it relates to the "chicken nugget" story.

    This is a diversion tactic as well. Keep your eyes on the most important thing....McCrory is going to get elected governor IF we act instead of get into arguments over who said what. Acorn is in the state and is organized. Diversion by the media is just that. Doesn't change the job at hand.

  • TheAdmiral Feb 17, 2012

    For the disrespectful comment.

    The liberals don't care. They fill the airwaves with garbage and blame the conservatives for such trash then act innocent.

    A great example is Nazi Skelozi up there telling the world that "In order to find out what is in the bill you have to pass it." That is garbage - you don't pass a piece of trash and then tell folks that it's toxic later.

    That is like telling someone if they want to find how much grease is in their hamburger, they have to buy one.

    So don't talk disrespect here - especially since politicians in DC and in Raleigh look down their nose at people because of what they believe in or what they want.

    It is disrespectful to not listen to the people and do what they say.

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 17, 2012

    Obama said he looked like he was in Special Olympics when he went bowling. That was terribly offensive. The MSM could have gotten miles and miles out of that, but opted to let it blow over? I wonder why? I'm glad it's my job to remember stuff like that and remind people of it.

  • WooHoo2You Feb 17, 2012

    I don't recall seeing it as a top story on any of the liberal news sites like this story, do you?-arfamr1007

    Don't see this one as top new on any of the conservative news sites, do you? WooHoo2You February 17, 2012 6:50 p.m. Report abuse

    There are no conservative news sites...fox maybe. But then again this isn't national news like Maxine waters is. I bet this is on the local fox site though if there is one-arfamr1007

    You are right, repub sites don't count as "news" being any hack can write a blog....

  • WooHoo2You Feb 17, 2012

    "As in Congressional Republicans, and just how willing they are to work with their President."

    Why should republicans abandon their principles to make a Marxist happy?-Ripcord

    Their "principles" depend on the time of day! BTW, obama is not a Marxist no matter what Rush tells you to think....

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 17, 2012

    No I'm not...but the last time I checked that's not a crime...or at least, not yet!

    By not being a democrat automatically makes you a racist for some reason.

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 17, 2012

    well, when your bar is set so low with Republican't governors like Scott Walker...

    Scott Walker balanced his state's budget and the new republican governor of Michigan has a surplus.

    You were saying?