North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has a little more than seven months left in office, and she talked to Eyewitness News about her decision not to seek re-election.
Ever since 1986, Perdue has held some type of political office in North Carolina. After 25 years, she said she's had enough.
“It's just become so cynical, you know. It's really become nice for me not to think that I'm going to have someone saying something ugly about me or my son or my family,” Perdue said.
In January, she shocked the political world when she announced she wouldn't run for re-election.
Perdue said she believes she can be more effective in the private sector -- not as the governor.
“I think it's tougher in a lot of ways to get things done as governor because as governor, you're in a political bubble and anything you want to make happen becomes a victim of the General Assembly,” Perdue said.
“How hard was it to make that decision personally?” Eyewitness News anchor Blair Miller asked.
“(It was a) tough decision,” Perdue said. “My family and I sat around a table at Christmas -- I cried, they cried. It was a hard decision.”
“Is there a day where you sat down and said, ‘This is the day I'm going to decide’?” Miller asked.
“It's been a long time in my thought process,” Perdue said. “I've been thinking about it for about a year.”
In that time, Perdue's approval numbers slipped and polls showed her trailing the Republican candidate for governor, former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.
Many political analysts predicted a re-election bid could hurt the entire Democratic party, and even hurt President Obama's chances of winning North Carolina.
“What do you say to all the polls and the critics?” Miller asked.
“I would've won the race,” Perdue said. “Anyone would tell you -- it was our race to lose.”
She added: “If anything, the president and the administration wanted me to run.”
And what about McCrory? Few can forget their bitter battle in the 2008 election.
“He's a nice guy, but North Carolina needs a leader who's not just a nice guy,” Perdue said.
“If Pat McCrory is to become the next governor, would you take a position under him?” Miller asked.
“I'd be glad to work with him and advise him. I would doubt that he would ask me to take a position,” Perdue said.
Perdue plans to spend her remaining months as governor trying to get more companies to consider North Carolina for expansion or relocation.
She also wants to focus more on getting more funding for education.
“I'm going to do something around technology and education,” Perdue said.
She added: “But that final chapter -- maybe final two chapters -- aren't written so give me a chance to see how this turns out and I'll come back and tell you.”