State GOP Chairman Robin Hayes welcomed Democratic President Obama to North Carolina this morning, but said his time would have better spent in Washington working on the economy. "The country is in trouble economically,'' Hayes said in a teleconference. "The president is running for re-election, coming to Chapel Hill where Gov. Perdue was booed by the students because of the lack of jobs. The truth is that one of two students is not gong to get jobs when they graduate.''
He said Obama would have better spent his time in Washington working on a better economic plan. Hayes also sought to continue to tie Obama to the sex scandal at state Democratic headquarters, in which Jay Parmley, the executive director resigned after allegations -- which he denied -- that he had sexually harassed a staffer. "You continue to hear about the Obama organization, how many offices, how many volunteers and how much money they are willing to spend to stay elected,'' Hayes said. "If they are so deeply imbedded in the state of North Carolina and they know what is going on here, they should have been more forthcoming about covering up issues recently about misbehavior, bad conduct and lack of leadership in the Democratic Party.''