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Republicans mock Gov. Bev Perdue on anniversary of her unsuccessful call to ‘suspend elections’

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

The North Carolina Republican Party sent an anniversary card to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue on Thursday, sarcastically expressing disappointment that her call to suspend congressional elections so President Obama could fix the economy didn’t happen.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at an event in Cary, N.C., exactly one year ago. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

The anniversary card features Perdue wearing a pointy party hat.

“The North Carolina Republican Party is thrilled with the candidates we have recruited and the ground game we have built,” state GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood said in release accompanying the card. “We have knocked on more than 100x the amount of doors and made 20x the amount of phone calls than we had at this point in 2008. And with today being the anniversary of Gov. Perdue’s ‘suspend elections’ comment, we’re happy to report that the election will go on as planned in 40 days.”

Immediately after The Daily Caller and other outlets reported Perdue’s call to suspend elections, her spokesman claimed it was a joke. But, audio surfaced showing that Perdue sounded quite serious.

Since the episode – and many others that plagued her governorship – Perdue decided against seeking a second term.

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