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NC Senate leader blasts Perdue for Judicial appointment

A judicial appointment by Gov. Beverly Perdue is drawing criticism from the top Republican in the NC Senate A judicial appointment by Gov. Beverly Perdue is drawing criticism from the top Republican in the NC Senate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WECT) – The leader of the state Senate is blasting Governor Beverly Perdue for her selection to replace a member of the state Supreme Court.

Perdue on Wednesday announced she is replacing the only black female on the high court with one of the two black women serving on the state's appeals court. Perdue appointed Judge Cheri Beasley to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson, who announced last month she would retire in December.

Senate President Pro-Temp Phil Berger responded to Perdue's selection with a news release. "We've reached a new low when the only way our governor can appoint someone to enforce the law is by breaking her own rules," Berger, a Republican from Rockingham County said in the release.  "It is increasingly clear that Gov. Perdue's creation of the judicial screening commission was nothing short of a deceitful political charade. And unfortunately her actions overshadow what should be a discussion of Judge Beasley's credentials."

Perdue is leaving the Governor's office in January. Berger says Perdue outlined her process in Executive Order 86, saying she would "consult a judicial screening commission…. from all corners of the state" before naming anyone to the bench.

Beasley follows Timmons-Goodson's career path in working her way up from district court judge to the Court of Appeals before being appointed to the Supreme Court by the sitting governor.

Copyright 2012 WECT. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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