Dome: N.C. BBQ worse than road kill, Perry said

STAFF WRITERSSeptember 22, 2011 

If Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry ever campaigns in Eastern North Carolina, he may have some explaining to do.

According to "Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue," in 1992 when Perry was a promising Texas politician but not yet governor, he tried some Eastern North Carolina barbecue from King's of Kinston, which was served at the Republican National Convention in Houston.

"I've had road kill that tasted better than that," Perry was quoted as saying.

We guess Perry prefers Texas-style barbecue.

The book by John Shelton Reed and Dale Volberg Reed was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2008.

Governors to gather

Gov. Bev Perdue will host a major fundraiser/conference for the Democratic Governors' Association next month in Charlotte that organizers expect to raise a record $1.5 million for the organization's coffers.

The event is expected to attract six Democratic governors Oct. 3-4 for policy talks built around the fundraiser.

Scheduled to attend, besides Perdue, are Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy.

The event, which is closed to the news media, will be at The Westin Charlotte and the Mint Museum with a reception at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The conference topic is Emerging Technologies in Biotechnology, Healthcare, Energy and Transportation. Two hundred to 300 people are expected to attend.

The association has held events this year in Maryland, Chicago and Aspen.

The state Republican Party was quick to criticize Perdue for holding the fundraiser, saying 300,000 North Carolina residents have lost work since she took office.

"Recognizing that fact, the governor has her Obamacare-supporting friends coming to help her raise money," state GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood said. "It's clear that her foremost priority is saving her own job, and she'll spend millions on that attempt."

A conservative comeback?

Erwin's Don Davis took a look at today's Republican-controlled General Assembly and liked what he saw. The time is right, he says, to rejoin the conservative fight in the legislature, where he served for eight years as a state representative, boasting that he was known as the most conservative lawmaker in either chamber.

So on Wednesday, Davis announced he is running for state Senate for the District 12 seat held by Sen. David Rouzer, who is running for Congress. The district has been reconfigured to include much of Harnett and Lee counties as well as a western chunk of Johnston County. There are a lot of conservative voters in the new district, he said.

Davis announced in 2002, just as he was turning 72, that he wouldn't seek a fifth term, in order to spend more time with his family.

He had been criticized in 2001 for forwarding to members of the General Assembly an email from a constituent with a bigoted message. He later apologized.

The retired Army major, who started a retail food brokerage and distribution company for military bases, lives on a 15-acre farm, where he raises and sells produce.

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