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Perdue meets with Obama in Washington

Posted October 1, 2009

— Gov. Beverly Perdue wants to talk about the economy, jobs and stimulus money when she meets President Barack Obama on Thursday.

Perdue's office said she and other governors planned to meet with the president in Washington, D.C. Obama was scheduled to attend a fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association.

Perdue spokesman David Kochman said the governor will fly to Washington after wrapping up two days in New York, where she and Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, Revenue Secretary Ken Lay and University of North Carolina President Erskine Bowles urged companies to set up shop or expand existing operations in North Carolina.

The visit included meetings with corporate leaders and consultants who help businesses choose sites for new projects.

Perdue has said she's interested in bringing green, military, and aviation jobs to North Carolina.

According to the state Department of Commerce, the recruiting trip to New York cost taxpayers less than $10,000. Some of the costs were picked up by economic development groups across the state, officials said.

Kochman said the governor hopes to talk to Obama in part about getting stimulus funds to replace the Yadkin River Bridge on Interstate 85.


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  • 1carpe Oct 2, 2009

    "These two never miss an opportunity to wine and dine on the taxpayer's dime."

    Great comments MarcoPolo, but I think "whine" and dine would work about as well.

  • Oct 2, 2009

    NC voters can expect another rear-ending from this meeting. Just like IBM CEO's meeting with OBAMA created 10s of thousands of layoffs or IBM, Perdue meeting with OBAMA is sure to be a repeat most likely in thousands of state workers getting the axe. Its all in the plan to force Americans to buy into the free health deal, make them all unemployed, make them all sick from China products, then force Govt backed healthcare on them.
    How about American taxpayers force impeachment on both Perdue and Obama.

  • james27613 Oct 1, 2009

    Why travel to DC ?

    They should have a video conference and save taxpayers a lot of money.

    This would also free up time for Gov BEV to get more work done.

    You know it will not be a day trip right ?

  • lkanzig Oct 1, 2009

    republicans and democrats are just as crooked as the other. get a clue people!

  • desantiscomm Oct 1, 2009

    Someone needs to remind the governor that there are currently several Tiger Stimulus fund applications before the federal Department of Transportation. Those applications had a mid-September filing deadline and part of the application process indicates that once grant applications are filed, no advocate on behalf of any application is to have communication with federal officials. The stimulus fund grant applications are SUPPOSED to be awarded by the feds on a competitive basis, based on the merit of the application, not on political lobbying. Perdue is going above and beyond the process to secure funds for her pet project and could well be in violation of application procedures by lobbying the president, who is about the highest federal contact you can come up with.

  • aforte0024 Oct 1, 2009


    Maybe you should refresh with your reading comprehension before critizing others. I did not say that the government of Mexico gives aid to American citizens. I said, that if you look around in society, alot of Americans get aid from the government. In addition to communication, at least hispanics try to read and speak english. Whats the problem with alot of Americans who dont speak properly, or can't write a complete sentence?

  • MarcoPolo Oct 1, 2009

    These two never miss an opportunity to wine and dine on the taxpayer's dime.

    He's definitely the biggest "party" president ever and in the worst recession that we've had in 70 years. He just gallavants everywhere back from partying in Denmark, Europe, the UN parties, Russia, day trips to NY and all over. It's just one big frickin' party paid by me.

  • mxteam44 Oct 1, 2009

    What's the matter Bev? Run out of ideas on how to get at my paycheck even more? Need professional advice now? I thought you were doing just fine all by yourself!

  • affirmativediversity Oct 1, 2009

    Furthermore, for the people who are so concerned with the "mexicans" and how much they cost, look around you again. YOu might be amazed at how many americans get free government help too


    Really? The Government of Mexico give US citizens benefits...where do we all go to sign up...can we make them communicate in English (all written and verbal material)....

    WOW to think I've seriously misunderstood all that Mexico does for us!

  • affirmativediversity Oct 1, 2009

    "Yeah, that'll be great, I guess all citizens would need to carry their citizenship papers with them at all times as government stormtroopers raid every home looking for illegals."

    that's fine with me wildervb. i say come on in we'll cook you dinner! going door to door would be the best spent time the government has done in a long time

    Maybe they could use some of that Porkfest money to PAY THE OVERTIME...just think of the jobs that piece of stimuli could produce!