Gov Sighting: Perdue Making More Appearances

Gov. Beverly Perdue is inserting the phrase "lots of travel" back into the job description of North Carolina's chief executive.

Perdue has been all around the state since the Legislature ended in August, making on average one public appearance a day since Oct. 1 alone. This week she took food to a Meals on Wheels participant in Winston-Salem and visited the Raleigh Rescue Mission.

It's a contrast to former Gov. Mike Easley, whose behind-the-scenes style didn't lend to speeches or ribbon-cuttings.

Perdue has had a challenging year with the state's 11 percent jobless rate and a budget shortfall that led to tax increases.

Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger says the appearances are a public relations move to reduce her unpopularity.

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