Mississippi Officials Blast N.C. Governor

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says it was "petty" for North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to insult
Mississippi when talking about voters in her state approving a ballot measure banning same-sex marriage.

Republican Bryant says he intends to write to Democrat Perdue about her comments.

Perdue was in Greenville, N.C., Friday when she said she was disappointed voters in her state approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

She said people are wondering what's going on in North Carolina and that the vote made her state "look like Mississippi."

Perdue claims people around the country are watching the state and are confused. She said North
Carolina was a "progressive and a forward thinking state that stood up for civil rights".

North Carolina became the 30th state to pass a
constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The amendment passed with nearly 61 percent of North Carolina voters supporting it.

Bryant responded it was disappointing that
Perdue referred to Mississippi "to disparage a popular vote in her own state."

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves also issued a written statement:

"Gov. Perdue should know that her administration has a lot of work to do to make her state's business climate 'look like Mississippi'. We are creating an environment which encourages the private sector to invest capital in Mississippi, and I would invite any North Carolina-based company wanting to move to a lower-taxed, less-regulated state to look at our business-friendly opportunities. In fact, the Tax Foundation ranks Mississippi as the 17th best in the country in its latest State Business Tax Climate Index, while Gov. Perdue's policies have dropped her state among the six worst in America. The business-friendly policies enacted in Mississippi have reduced our unemployment rate to 9 percent, according to the latest numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, Gov. Perdue's home state's unemployment rate remained significantly higher than Mississippi’s at nearly 10 percent."

Mississippi voters approved an amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2004.

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  • by MOVE!!! Location: Meridian on May 16, 2012 at 07:44 AM
    If the gov. does not like the way her state voted, she needs to regign and move to a state that believes the same way she does.If 60% voted against, she probably won't be re-elected anyway.
  • by Not Surprised Location: Lauderdale County on May 12, 2012 at 11:06 PM
    This is the same woman who called for suspending congressional elections until the economy gets better. http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/27/nc-governor-recommends-suspending-democracy-to-focus-on-jobs/ She is a moron!!!
  • by PROUD MISSISSIPPIAN Location: Stonewall on May 12, 2012 at 04:58 PM
    All you folks who are bashing Mississippi, if you think its such a bad state, one word.... MOVE!!!! (just my 2 cents)
  • by chippy Location: Sc on May 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
    Sorry NC has too many Christians for you gov. Don,t worry, you are going to love Hell. See you in church Sunday?
  • by Miss.Girl Location: Philadelphia on May 12, 2012 at 02:07 PM
    Miss.is a great state if some people don't like it why don't they just go live somewhere else.
  • by Jody Location: Union on May 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM
    So... over sixty percent of HER state votes for a ban and she comes out against it? You are an ELECTED official, imbecile!
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      by planet earth on May 13, 2012 at 06:52 PM in reply to Jody
      kind of sounds like our "life begins at conception" vote we did, huh?
  • by Jussayin on May 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    My grandmother always told me that a burnt dog will holler. Just sayin. If the shoe don't fit don't wear it. Jus sayin.
  • by Twisted on May 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM
    But yet it is OK for the Governor of Mississippi to call an entire politcal party "murders"!!!
  • by GET OUT Location: Meridian MS on May 12, 2012 at 07:48 AM
    It seems to me that MacKenzie, Planet Earh, and Gregory need to pick up and leave the State if they are so ashamed of living here. You will not be missed!Please leave!
  • by Anonymous Location: tropical beach on May 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
    o boohoo-the comment was so PETTY that its prompting YOU, GOVENOR, to go all out and write to the press...Lets face it, MS is the laughing stock of the country! LOLOLOLOL
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