By Linda Daves
Chairman, North Carolina Republican Party
First, Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue is too busy to be seen with Barack Obama when he was in town this week. Now she won’t agree to more than six debates over the course of the entire campaign for Governor. Pat McCrory has already announced his intentions to attend more events that would provide the two candidates with a meaningful dialogue about the issues facing North Carolinians this November and called for joint appearances by the two candidates across the state.
North Carolina deserves better from someone looking for the top job in the state. We have had enough of MIA public officials during the Easley-Perdue administration. We need a Governor who is open and accessible to the public. Pat McCrory’s idea to hold a series of joint appearances with Bev Perdue throughout the state is an excellent one. She should accept it if she wants to shed the image that she will be just as inaccessible as Governor Easley has been over the past seven years. North Carolinians deserve a robust and open debate before they choose their next Governor. Voters should pressure Bev Perdue to see that it happens.