One day, some historian may conclude that Beverly Perdue is one of the unluckiest of North Carolina’s governors.
Obviously, it’s a bit too early to come to such a conclusion.
After all, one of her political heroes, O. Max Gardner, our greatest Governor, pushed and prodded state government through the Great Depression. Zebulon Vance, who like many mountain residents first opposed secession, muddled through the deprivations of the Civil War. William Holden, the Republican governor of the Reconstruction Era, was eventually impeached and kicked out of office by Democratic legislators.