GOP questions Perdue's access to unemployment data

Governor Beverly Perdue

December 20, 2011 5:11:44 AM PST
State Republicans are calling out Gov. Bev Perdue saying she's involved in another scandal and may be breaking federal laws by getting early access to state unemployment data.

The accusations are laid out in an article in the Carolina Journal - a publication linked to the conservative group the John Locke Foundation.

The article claims the governor's camp got unemployment numbers and labor statistics early so they could put their spin on them. The article and the GOP say Perdue likely broke a federal law that bars the early release of unemployment data.

Perdue's office released a statement saying: "It's entirely appropriate for the Division of Employment Security (formerly Employment Security Commission) to share final employment estimates with the governor's office. Gov. Perdue remains committed to creating jobs and moving North Carolina forward."

The state Republican Party says it stands by their statements. It says it believes the governor could be in violation of federal law and it will wait to see if authorities take any legal action.

The allegations come the same day Republican Pat McCrory announced he will run for governor. It's a race that's already considered neck and neck in early polls by some.

The state GOP said the timing is just a coincidence.

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