UPDATED: Gov. Bev Perdue's likely 2012 challenger, Pat McCrory, quickly jumped on her comments about suspending elections -- and now Democrats are quick to point out what they see as his hypocrisy.
On his Facebook page at 4:26 p.m. Tuesday, McCrory (or a staff member) wrote this: "Not only does this bizarre commentary suggest ignoring the Constitution, but does Governor Perdue forget her own inability to work with the Legislature, regardless if controlled by Democrats or Republicans?"
But McCrory is now benefiting from the "gotcha politics" he lamented in his unsuccessful 2008 campaign against Perdue.
He did so as recently as June when he appeared on Chad Adams' "Morning Beat" radio show: “It’s a sad commentary. What they’re looking for me to do is have a slip up. They’re looking for me to say something politically incorrect or have someone say something to me that’s politically incorrect and not respond to in the politically correct way. And believe me it may happen sometime down the road and that will be the YouTube, that’ll be a commercial. And it’s gotcha politics. And that’s what Perdue did to me three years ago and they’ve already started.”
In October 2008, at a Jewish community event, McCrory said “that’s the type of politics I frankly don’t like. I wouldn’t dare do that to my opponent and I think this political gotcha has got to stop in politics.”
Despite this, McCrory is using Perdue's remarks to boost his latest fundraising email. This one went out Wednesday. "The only problem is that today an audio link was released with her commentary. It was loud and clear folks, and far from a joke," McCrory wrote.
McCrory's camp responded Thurday with this: "The spin from the Democrats on Governor Perdue's comments continues to make everyone dizzy. Pat has referred to gotcha politics like taking words out of context to use in negative political ads, such as the ones Governor Perdue ran in '08 that had no basis in fact. Obviously, when Governor Perdue says something Pat disagrees with such as her call to suspend congressional elections, he will not be shy to offer his own opinion."