N.C. Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and Gov. Bev Perdue heaped a little love on each other this morning.
At a Durham event to sign an economic partnership between North Carolina and China, Crisco told the audience that he can count on Perdue to "take any call, any meeting to bring new jobs to North Carolina."
"In baseball terms, she's a closer," Crisco told the group, which included more than 100 Chinese politicians and business leaders.
Then Perdue referred to Crisco and deputy Commerce Secretary Dale Carroll as the state's "powerful jobs building Commerce team."
Perdue apppointed Crisco, a Tar Heel native who is founder and president of Asheboro Elastics Corp., as her chief economic recruiter in Jan. 2009.
On Tuesday, Crisco didn't reserve all his praise for his boss and her willingness to woo business leaders. When he introduced Sen. Kay Hagan, he noted: "She's another closer. We use her, too."