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," writes from campaign manager Fiona Conroy.
Titled "Inadequate," the pitch from campaign manager 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 -- collectively viewed poorly -- 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:
Recently, when a key Republican leader was being pressed about the GOP's savage cuts to North Carolina's schools, the closest he came to acknowledging their wrongheadedness was to say that Republican funding levels may have been "inadequate."
What an understatement!
I'll tell you what's inadequate: The GOP's commitment to North Carolina's school children.
Governor Perdue is standing up to the GOP's reckless and unnecessary attacks on North Carolina's schools. Can you help her today by making a contribution?
You see, the Republicans know that there's only one person standing between them and their agenda for North Carolina. That's Governor Perdue.
She knows that success in creating jobs and making a brighter future for North Carolina lies in keeping strong schools. Our quality schools were key to the recent success in attracting the Chiquita Banana corporate headquarters to North Carolina.
That's why Governor Perdue stands up to the Republicans at every turn when they try to harm our schools.
But now we have to stand up for her. The Republicans know she won't sit back while they continue their attacks on our schools. That's why they are building an elaborate network to oppose and attack her relentlessly.
We have to have the resources to fight back."