In what has to be the stupidest political statement of this year or any year, Gov. Beverly Perdue (D-NC) suggested at a Rotary Meeting in Cary that the next Congressional elections be suspended for two years so that “so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election.”
Her full statement is as follows:
“You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. 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. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It’s a little bit more contentious now but it’s not impossible to try to do what’s right in this state. You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”
Chris Mackey, Perdue’s press secretary, later clarified that she meant it as a joke according to an email sent to The Daily Caller. Some joke.
While I don’t believe Gov. Perdue can be impeached as stupidity isn’t an impeachable offense according to § 123‑5 of the NC General Statutes which details the causes for impeachment, I do question her mental capacity to serve. The North Carolina Constitution speaks to that in Article III, Sec. 3 (4).
Mental incapacity. The mental incapacity of the Governor to perform the duties of his office shall be determined only by joint resolution adopted by a vote of two-thirds of all the members of each house of the General Assembly. Thereafter, the mental capacity of the Governor to perform the duties of his office shall be determined only by joint resolution adopted by a vote of a majority of all the members of each house of the General Assembly. In all cases, the General Assembly shall give the Governor such notice as it may deem proper and shall allow him an opportunity to be heard before a joint session of the General Assembly before it takes final action. When the General Assembly is not in session, the Council of State, a majority of its members concurring, may convene it in extra session for the purpose of proceeding under this paragraph.
That said, we all know the General Assembly isn’t going to a damn thing except huff and puff about it. If I were her opponent in the 2012 General Election, I would keep reminding the voters of that every chance I got so we can send the self-described “the coal miner’s daughter” back to New Bern.
UPDATE: JammieWearingFool reports that more criminal charges are expected in an investigation of Bev’s campaign expenses. His suggestion to Bev – Maybe North Carolina’s Democrat Governor Beverly Perdue should suspend her re-election efforts while her campaign is under criminal investigation.
Or maybe she can just declare a statewide State of Emergency and suspend both elections and gun rights.