NC gov: Just joking about suspending elections

AP News

9/28/2011 9:26:16 PM - AP News

Democratic North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue says she was being sarcastic when she suggested this week that congressional elections be suspended for two years to try to solve Washington gridlock.

North Carolina Republicans and those seeking to unseat her next year have criticized her comment.

Perdue spokeswoman Chris Mackey said Perdue was using hyperbole when she made the suggestion Tuesday. She said it would give members of Congress more breathing room to make decisions instead of worrying about another term in office. She was responding to an audience question.

On Wednesday, the News & Record of Greensboro ( http://bit.ly/qHgDyU) says Perdue told reporters she's only expressing voters' frustrations with elected leaders who aren't working together to solve the nation's problems. She says her sarcastic comments are not worth a bigger discussion.