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North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue addresses the media at the Marriott hotel in downtown Greensboro on Jan. 28, 2012. It was the first time the governor spoke publicly since announcing in a news release two days earlier that she would not run for a second term. (The Associated Press)

Ted Richardson

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue addresses the media at the Marriott hotel in downtown Greensboro on Jan. 28, 2012. It was the first time the governor spoke publicly since announcing in a news release two days earlier that she would not run for a second term. (The Associated Press)

Editorial: Perdue progress absent

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Outgoing North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue, who will see her one term as chief executive end on Saturday with the swearing in of Republican Pat McCrory, maintains she did the best to handle a difficult situation during her time in office. Absorbing the full force of the nation’s economic recession dealt the state’s first female chief executive a losing hand and she defends her record as being the best possible outcome given the circumstances.

While the governor does deserve high marks for her staunch and relentless defense of public education funding as well as some actions in opposition to an over-reaching Republican Legislature, Perdue and her party were ultimately short on the new ideas North Carolina needs to succeed. She should be thanked for her service, despite the fact that she was the wrong leader at the wrong time for this state.

Perdue was an influential member of the N.C. Senate in her fifth term when she first ran for statewide office, capturing the office of lieutenant governor in 2000. It was a role she would hold for eight years, coinciding with the tenure of Democratic Gov. Mike Easley. It was during this time that Perdue received attention for casting the tie-breaking vote that established the state lottery.

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no matter how you paint it- she gets an "f"

She is by far the worse Governor, aside from Easley the crook, that North Carolina has had in 50 years or more. No matter how you paint it, she gets a well deserved F. Democrat, Republican, Independent, we should all be ashamed of ourselves for putting this individual anywhere close to the leader of this state because she is a "she", a democrat or a "nice person". She was totally incompetent and , we will find out, of questionable character, to represent North Carolina people. Sad for us

the 50th ranked governor

will join Jennifer Granholm in the war room on Current TV which now is owned by Al-jazzera thanks to AL Gore. You may remember that ol' Jen was Governor of Michigan when THEY had their WORST times ever. The Bevmeister will fit right in. And as for Al Gore: He hates oil but took oil money from Qatar for his cable network and he says he beleives in higher taxes for the rich. But he tried to get this deal done before Jan 1 to avoid paying higher taxes on his profits. It didn't work I'm happy to report. Typical dems! Say one thing but do another. SAD!

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