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Bad News For PerTwo

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PerTwo being the new GOP-adopted nickname for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton, a slam on his ties to incumbent Beverly Perdue and the notion that he’d continue the administration’s failed policies (Perdue/PerTwo ~ get it? Those wacky Republicans).

In any event, speaking of failed policies under the Perdue/Dalton administration, North Carolina ranks at the top in one of the very worst of ways. This from Brant Clifton over at The Daily Haymaker:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released numbers showing that North Carolina lost more jobs than any other U.S. state  (See Table C) from April 2012 to May 2012.  Our unemployment rate is not just above the national average. It’s the worst in the South.

The Republican Governors Association has rightfully pounced on this news and is using it to hammer Dalton on all the appropriate fronts:

Days after Walter Dalton defended North Carolina’s business climate under the Perdue-Dalton administration, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released new jobs data showing North Carolina lost more jobs from April to May than any other state in the nation.

According to the BLS, North Carolina lost 16,500 jobs, more than 5 times more lost jobs than the second worst state.  The state’s unemployment rate remained the worst in the Southeast at 9.4 percent, significantly higher than the national average of 8.2 percent.

“Instead of recognizing there is a jobs crisis in North Carolina, Walter Dalton is defending the Perdue-Dalton administration’s job-stifling, high-tax policies,” said RGA Communications Director Mike Schrimpf.  “It’s clear to the thousands of unemployed and underemployed North Carolinians that the status quo isn’t working. Walter Dalton has spent more than a decade in Raleigh and literally hasn’t gotten the job done. It’s time to bring a fresh perspective to the state capitol. Pat McCrory will make job creation his top priority.”

The RGA, by the way, has booked about $3.5 million in TV commercial time for the final week of September through the November election, aimed at defeating Dalton. A taste of what’s in store down the PerTwo road, via an ad released this week by the N.C. Republican Party in the run-up to Saturday’s gubernatorial debate:

So I’m guessing Pat McCrory, what, had his fingers crossed when he gave that pledge to the uptown paper? Just sayin’

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