UPDATED: State Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry doesn't make headlines very often. But at the Buncombe County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on Saturday, she lit into Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue. From reporter Jon Ostendorff at the Asheville Citizen-Times:
State Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry was the keynote speaker. She railed against Perdue’s recent unannounced trip to Pennsylvania and her tepid support for the fracking despite vetoing a bill last year that would have required studying the issue. Fracking uses pressurized water and chemicals to extract natural gas, a method critics say harms the environment.
Berry used the story of Paul in Bible to say Perdue seemed like she was on the road to Damascus instead of Pennsylvania. "She had an epiphany (on fracking)," Berry said. Berry said Perdue's other epiphany was "she is not running for re-election. And I'm not sure if that was God communicating that to her or the polling numbers."
Walton Robinson, spokesman for the N.C. Democratic Party sent along this response: "Cherie Berry should go back to wasting taxpayer money plastering her picture inside every elevator in the state -- it is clear that she is way out of her league when it comes to actual discussion of politics and policy in North Carolina."