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NCAE considers gubernatorial endorsements

The first major endorsement of the North Carolina governor's race could occur this weekend.

Leaders of the 70,000-member N.C Association of Educators will interview gubernatorial candidates on Saturday and may recommend an endorsement to their membership, Rob Christensen reports.

The early line is that Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue is the favorite. John Wilson, the executive director of the National Education Association, the group's parent organization, cosponsored a fund raiser in June for Perdue that was attended by about a dozen top NEA officials.

But the head of the NCAE said she does not have it in the bag.

"John Wilson has the freedom to support whoever he wants," said Eddie Davis of Durham, the NCAE president.

Davis noted that the NCAE has endorsed three of the gubernatorial candidates in earlier races — Perdue, state Treasurer Richard Moore, and former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr.

More after the jump.

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"We've worked real hard to let people know that it will be an open, fair and transparent process and it should not be a preconceived perception that Beverly Perdue has this locked up. She does not."

Davis said no decision has been made whether to endorse in both the Democratic and Republican primaries.

Orr and state Sen. Fred Smith, both Republicans, will attend interviews. He said Bill Graham, a Salisbury attorney, decided to pass.

The NCAE is endorsing early this year, Davis said, to maximize the influence of its endorsement.


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Re: NCAE considers gubernatorial endorsements

SHAM! 100+ years of democrat SHAM in NC...now we call it SHAME!

Re: NCAE considers gubernatorial endorsements

The key phrase is this:

"John Wilson, the executive director of the National Education Association, the group's parent organization, cosponsored a fund raiser in June for Perdue that was attended by about a dozen top NEA officials."

Hmmm...

Re: NCAE considers gubernatorial endorsements

All democrackkks in NC are a SHAM!!! Who will be next in the slammer???

Re: NCAE considers gubernatorial endorsements

the fact that she has $3-4 million already in her account is sickening.

WHY must the CLUELESS NC voters strive to elect YET another democrackkk???

They have RUINED our ONCE great state.

Get your children OUT of government screwls as fast as you can! They are government INDOCTRINATION centers! Government screwls are the greatest source of child abuse in America!

Re: NCAE considers gubernatorial endorsements

Graham is doing the smart thing by not pursuing a sure thing. Fred and Bob are wasting their time...

Re: Sham?

" the most important job in the world is a teaching our Kids." (From her
website) Lt. Governor "Bev" Perdue in a former public school teacher.

Sham?

That's silly. Everyone knows she's running - she just hasn't made a formal announcement yet. More to the point, I would hope they'd endorse her. She's a former teacher herself:

Lt. Governor Bev Perdue has also led North Carolina's fight for a quality public education for every child in North Carolina. A former public school teacher, she knows first-hand that the most important job in the world is a teaching our kids. Perdue has been a leader in raising teacher pay toward the national average and measuring performance of kids in our classrooms. Lt. Governor Perdue believes North Carolina must have the best educated workforce in America and is leading the way by transforming North Carolina classrooms into 21st century learning centers with increased technology capability and North Carolina's first virtual high school. (From her website)

Re: NCAE considers gubernatorial endorsements

How can the NCAE endorse someone who publicly hasn't announced her intention to run for Governor. What a sham.

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