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N.C. GOP head wants two top Perdue aides to quit

Posted February 8, 2010

— The head of North Carolina's Republican Party said Monday that two top aides to Gov. Beverly Perdue should resign because of poor performance.

State GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer said Correction Department Secretary Alvin Keller should step down because the state still has too few parole officers a year after the Perdue administration promised to ease the shortage. He also said Crime Control Secretary Reuben Young should resign for failing to pursue claims that former Gov. Mike Easley ordered e-mail messages deleted to prevent them from becoming public.

Fetzer said Perdue can't claim to be a reform governor with the holdover from the Easley administration still in office.

A Perdue spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Fetzer also called on Perdue to convene a panel of journalists to determine barriers to access to public records and have those barriers lifted immediately.

“Bev Perdue has called herself the ‘Education Governor’ and then promptly signed a budget that slashed education. She called herself the ‘Jobs Governor’ when unemployment increased on her watch. It’s time ‘Business as Usual Bev’ started backing up her rhetoric when it comes to ethics and transparency,” he said.

Keller declined to respond to Fetzer's statements, but the Department of Correction issued a list of his accomplishments, including the hiring of 222 probation officers, improved communication with local law enforcement agencies and implementing new technology.

Young issued a statement saying that he has "always served the public with integrity and honor."

"From Day One, Gov. Perdue let it be known that she has high expectations and accountability to the public, and I have operated that way and will continue to do so," he said.


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  • Grandpeople Feb 9, 2010

    It is better than you think. Don't confuse the RNC with local elections. Stay posiive about the elections - regardless of party we need to vote and we need to get some of these ole timers out. I am worn out with the illegal things going on - Easley2/Ballance/Black/Edwards/Phipps/Perdue. These to my knowledge are all Democrates. So no matter what party, read, learn who is running and vote for what is BEST for the State and Country.

  • bngexpress Feb 9, 2010

    has anyone ever stopped to think now this negative publicity is effecting our state? easly,edwards,purdue,ect ,ect,what company in their right mind would even consider relocating or expanding in our state when we cannot even keep our own govt honest , we are the laughing stock of the nation.

  • 6079 SMITH W Feb 8, 2010

    "GOP HEAD" That has a nice ring now, DON'T it?

  • blackdog Feb 8, 2010

    Republicans need to find some viable candidates, and a replacement for Burr.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 8, 2010

    Only way to clean up corruption in Raleigh is for all of the Democrats in office to quit at the same time. It'll be easier and faster than investigating them one at a time.

  • tatermommy52 Feb 8, 2010

    The Repubs need to start howling Jesse Helms style about the Easley2/Ballance/Black/Edwards/Phipps/Perdue style of Democrats.

  • prn13norm Feb 8, 2010

    Bev the handwriting is on the bathroom wall.

  • Deep Thought Feb 8, 2010

    Fetzer sounds like he's got a huge glass of sour grapes, make that several gallon jugs.

    If his party had won and the Democrats tried to tell him what to do we'd be able to hear him yell all the way to the moon. He's great at telling Democrats what to do because he can't figure out how to win.

  • marathonk Feb 8, 2010

    I think it's ironic that Fetzer is criticizing her for slashing spending on education. She's in a no win situation. If she called for increasing the budget, she would be criticized as fiscally irresponsible.

  • maydaymanny Feb 8, 2010

    Mr. Keller is not from the old regime. In addition, the heads of departments can only do so much without support from the House and $$$.