Though most regular BlueNC community members appear to be early voters, I feel compelled to weigh in one last time on the governor's race. Our readership recently has approached 10,000 unique visitors a week, and I know some of those folks are still on the fence. In the past week alone, I have helped three Democrats who were planning a vote for McCrory see the danger of actions. It was as though they had been lulled into a trance, but all it took was a splash of cold water to bring them to their senses.
On green jobs and the environment. Every serious environmentalist I know strongly supports Bev Perdue for governor. The people she has surrounded herself with are exceptional. Which means Perdue will very likely become North Carolina's first green governor. McCrory, on the other hand, is so beholden to Duke Energy that not only will he fail to clear the environmental bar, he will actually lower it. Equally important, the governor names members of the North Carolina Public Utilities Commission, which has significant authority to guide the future of North Carolina energy policy. McCrory would name advocates for Big Energy interests, who want more coal-fired power generation in the midst of our global warming crisis.
On abortion rights. Given the strong conservative tilt of Democrats in the General Assembly, there is no telling when they'll muster the votes to pass legislation that chips away at abortion rights. If that were to happen, Bev Perdue would veto the bill. McCrory would sign it. If you are a person who believes in women's rights, there is only one choice for governor.
On ethics. Both candidates have promised to clean up government, but I will believe it when I see it. I prefer to look at the evidence, which reveals Pat McCrory hasn't a clue about his role in setting a standard for integrity. Greg Flynn wrote an excellent post about McCrory's conflicts of interest. Scary stuff.
On public education. Bev Perdue understands the challenges of public education and has taken a measured position on improvement. Pat McCrory wants to turn schools into another opportunity for private companies to profit. If the budget permits, McCrory will push for widespread adoption of vouchers, which would have devastating effects in many struggling counties.
On health care. Along with the environment, this is an area in which Pat McCrory is truly dangerous. He wants to give insurance companies freedom from mandates - which means freedom from actually covering illnesses and tests that aren't profitable for them. This "mandates" mantra is the same song Republicans sang in the banking industry, and we all know how well that worked out.
On Palin porn. Despite his mavericky happy talk, Pat McCrory is a hard-core conservative Republican. That's why Pat McCrory is ga-ga about Sarah Palin, whom he considers a brilliant choice for McCain's vice-president. Meanwhile, roughly 60% of all Americans consider Palin to be unqualified for that job. Like Sarah Palin, Pat McCrory considers global climate change to be in God's hands. If ever there was a case to be made for guilt by association, this is it.
I grant that Lieutenant Governor Perdue has taken stands I find objectionable. Her position on illegal immigration is the same as McCrory's, and they are both out to lunch as far as I'm concerned. The same applies to the death penalty.
But we don't get to choose the candidates we want.
Beverly Perdue is demonstrably more knowledgeable, more capable, and more progressive than Pat McCrory will ever be. I hope you will join this independent voter in casting your ballot for Beverly Perdue.
PS No discussion of gubernatorial candidates would be complete without including Dr. Michael Munger. Mike is a smart cookie, though he is somewhat blinded by the Libertarian flag wrapped around his face. But make no mistake. A vote for Mike Munger in 2008 is like a vote for Ralph Nader in 2000. It accomplishes nothing, and runs the risk of allowing
Duke Energy, a radical neo-con a snake-oil salesman to invade the governor's mansion.