Governor Perdue, speaking to a Cary rotary club, thinks it’d be a good idea to suspend Congressional elections for two years in order to focus on economic recovery instead of upcoming elections. As reported in the News & Observer, Perdue states:
“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that,” Perdue said. “You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”
In response, GOP spokesperson Rob Lockwood commented:
“Now is a time when politicians need to be held accountable more than ever. To suspend an election would be removing the surest mechanism that people have to hold politicians accountable: the right to vote. Does the Governor not believe that people of North Carolina have the ability to think for themselves about whether or not the actions of elected officials are working?”
I couldn’t have said it better myself, Mr. Lockwood. The only way to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions, both good and bad, is to ensure the consistent and frequent right to vote. It begins with a two year suspension, and then what? That’s one slippery slope that is NEVER worth considering if the integrity of our democracy and election system is to be maintained. Gov. Perdue should focus on actual ways to improve our economy by reducing frivolous regulations, cutting unnecessary taxes, and promoting job growth instead of attempting to usurp our democratic process.