If Gov. Bev Perdue loses re-election, her campaign says Republicans will control both chambers of the legislature and the governor's mansion, opening the door to "reckless and unnecessary attacks on North Carolina's schools."
The sharp, keep-a-check-on-the-GOP message is prominent in Perdue's latest fundraising appeal and a foreshadow of a mantra sure to get repeated in the next year as the governor's race heats up.
"You see, the Republicans know that there's only one person standing between them and their agenda for North Carolina. That's Governor Perdue," the email states.
Titled "Inadequate," the pitch from campaign manage Fiona Conroy says the GOP needs to be more committed to schools and notes funding cuts to education in the current budget. It also touts the relocation of Chiquita banana's headquarters to Charlotte, saying education played a key role in attracting the jobs.
The appeal continues the Perdue campaign's strategy of using the legislature -- viewed poorly as a whole -- as a foil. "That's why Governor Perdue stands up to the Republicans at every turn when they try to harm our schools," Conroy wrote.
See the full text of the fundraising email below: