N.C. Democratic Party Chairman David Parker dismissed the indictment of Bev Perdue's campaign associates, defending the governor and saying "it's time to move on."
In his statement, Parker took a harder line than Perdue, pushing back at Republicans and issuing a rallying cry to supports about why the governor will win re-election.
His statement: "Republicans are going to use the District Attorney’s action today in every way they can to score cheap political points. They will use it as an excuse to avoid talking about their own record of slashing funding for our schools, colleges and universities. But voters won’t be distracted from the real issues, and they will reject the smear tactics and baseless innuendoes that some Republican leaders will be tempted to resort to as their party’s best chance for victory.
"The citizens of North Carolina will re-elect Governor Perdue in 2012 because she has the better vision for North Carolina’s future, particularly when it comes to strengthening our schools and creating economic opportunities for all of our citizens. It’s time to get back to the issues. That’s what voters care about. We are confident that most North Carolinians share Governor Perdue’s vision for our state and that she will win their votes next November."