Perdue re-enters politics for Clinton, says her husband attended protest

06/16/2014 7:09 PM

06/16/2014 7:10 PM

Former Gov. Bev Perdue made what she called her “debut in politics” since she left office in January 2013 a week ago at a Ready for Hillary super PAC event in Durham.

And she told a story about a special face in the “Moral Monday” crowd June 3 when protesters staged a rally at the State Capitol: her husband, former First Gentleman Bob Eaves.

“I’ve never been more proud of him and I was eager to hear that he did not get arrested,” Perdue told a crowd of 50 top-tier Democratic donors who came to hear PAC senior strategist Craig Smith, a longtime friend and adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

“Since we left Raleigh, since we became the minority (party) in this state, we’ve watched our dreams for our grandchildren shattered,” she said. “We’ve seen the future of North Carolina at risk.”

At the June 9 fundraiser, Perdue said Eaves is a former Republican who has come to understand and appreciate the state’s foundation, particularly its dedication to higher education. (Eaves said he attended the rally but didn’t go inside the Capitol; no one, he added, recognized him.)

“Out there, across the state, people are unhappy and dissatisfied and afraid for what the outcomes will be if this kind of leadership stays intact,” she said.

Perdue went on to say it was important to get a majority in the House, re-elect U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, elect a Democratic governor and Clinton. “We’ve got big work to do,” she said, adding “I’ve been ready for Hillary since I was born.”

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