Thursday, October 28, 2010

Message from former governor Jim Hunt: No Ordinary Time

Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:08 AM
Subject: No Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,


I don't ordinarily email you, but these are not ordinary times in North Carolina.


Money has flooded into our state from outside groups to fund attacks on our good Democratic candidates. This special interest spending binge is being done with one thing in mind: the takeover of our State Legislature.


We have worked too hard to make North Carolina the great state it is today to allow that to happen.


As your Governor for 16 years, I fought hard for education initiatives that North Carolinians are proud of and established aggressive economic development initiatives to recruit high-tech, high-wage jobs to North Carolina.  We led the country in improving our early childhood success rate and raised the standard of living for all North Carolinians.


As you know, I could not have accomplished any of these achievements without a strong Democratic legislature to support and assist in our efforts.  We worked together to improve teacher pay, hire more teacher assistants, and reduce class sizes, all while investing in our community college and university system. Because of that we are now recognized as one of the best states in the country for public education.


With the Democratic legislature we competed and won the fierce recruiting battles for great companies providing thousands of good jobs here.  Over 100,000 jobs will come from announcements made by Governor Perdue in the last two years.  It was North Carolina Democrats who recruited the world and brought the world to North Carolina.


Now, our legislators are under a tremendous attack from those who would slash funding for the very programs that have made North Carolina great.


Our Democratic legislators did not create the recession and the recession did not begin in North Carolina, but they have had to deal with its consequences.


They cut spending the right way and protected our state's most valuable assets. In fact, Forbes Magazine recently named North Carolina the third best state in the nation for doing business.


But, in order to keep North Carolina moving forward, I need your help today.


I know how hard you're working because I have seen it as I've travelled the state. You have already given your time, energy and resources, but the time to stretch and give a little bit more is right now! 


The Democratic Party desperately needs your small gift to help fund the final days of our 100 county Get Out The Vote effort.  Our volunteers have knocked on doors and made personal phone calls to more than 1.5 million North Carolinians. We are all working hard, but please consider a gift of any amount to assist us in the final days of this vital election.


I too have traveled the state to help candidates.  You know I love this state and the citizens who are working hard to maintain our high quality of leadership, but without your continued giving, the special interest money may win out. That would be tragic for all North Carolinians.


Please give today. I know some of you may be only be able to give $5, but combined with others, it will help put us over the top.


All the best to you all and thank you for all you do to make North Carolina a great state!


Warmest personal regards,


James B Hunt Jr.

Former Governor North Carolina