It should not be a surprise to anyone that Gov. Perdue would be out in front calling for the suspension of elections in that she was hand-picked by Obama as one of the 10 Governors appointed to the Executive Order created, Council of Governors. Below is a link from WRAL, the CBS affiliate out of Raleigh, about the choice of Perdue for the Council of Governors.
Below are some excerpts from the Executive Order itself.
PLEASE NOTICE that among the functions of the Council of Governors is “civil support activities”.
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release January 11, 2010
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1822 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-181), and in order to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State governments to protect our Nation and its people and property, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Council of Governors.
(a) There is established a Council of Governors (Council).The Council shall consist of 10 State Governors appointed by the President (Members), of whom no more than five shall be of the same political party. The term of service for each Member appointed to serve on the Council shall be 2 years, but a Member may be reappointed for additional terms.
Sec. 2. Functions. The Council shall meet at the call of the Secretary of Defense or the Co-Chairs of the Council to exchange views, information, or advice with the Secretary of Defense; the Secretary of Homeland Security; the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement; the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs; the Commander, United States Northern Command; the Chief, National Guard Bureau; the Commandant of the Coast Guard; and other appropriate officials of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, and appropriate officials of other executive departments or agencies as may be designated by the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of Homeland Security. Such views, information, or advice shall concern:
(a) matters involving the National Guard of the various States;
(b) homeland defense;
(c) civil support;
(d) synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and
(e) other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.
When Gov. Perdue stated earlier this week as reported by Civitas:
“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”
Would it not be easy to fit “helping this country recover” into the vein of “civil support activities” that the Council of Governors, Department of Defense, and Homeland Security have outlined as their functions in this Obama created executive order?
Interestingly as well, FEMA, now a department of Homeland Security, has the country split into 10 regions as well. Isn’t that convenient; every Governor would get their own FEMA region to command, while the elections are suspended.
Even more interesting is that WikiPedia’s page about the Council of Governor’s links the Council of Governor’s and the FEMA regions.
Below is a link to a Louisiana government website that has a picture of the 10 FEMA regions.