Here’s something you don’t see every day in politics — a new excuse:

Democratic North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue, the first woman elected governor in the state, said Thursday she would not seek re-election this year because she believes a bid would make it more difficult to fund education.


UPDATE: Perdue’s announcement makes me feel more comfortable about coloring North Carolina red already, going into the fall campaign. I was having second thoughts about NC (while feeling more confident about Virginia). But it looks like Perdue isn’t expecting any down-ticket love in November.