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Special Session on Wright Set

Posted March 11, 2008

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— Gov. Mike Easley on Tuesday called a special legislative session next week to discipline embattled state Rep. Thomas Wright.

A special legislative committee last week found Wright, D-New Hanover, guilty of six counts of ethical misconduct and recommended that he be removed from office.

Wright is accused of mishandling about $340,000 in campaign contributions, loans and charitable donations. The legislative panel found him guilty of the following violations:

  • not reporting $180,000 in campaign contributions
  • using his position to influence a state official to write a letter to help him obtain a $150,000 loan for a real estate deal in Wilmington
  • diverting almost $19,000 in contributions and loans into his personal accounts when they were supposed to go to a nonprofit organization he directs

Wright, who has denied any wrongdoing, also faces criminal fraud and obstruction charges stemming from the same allegations.

The special session will convene at 10 a.m. March 20.

The General Assembly hasn't expelled a sitting lawmaker since 1880.


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  • alx Mar 12, 2008

    he's a race-baiting crook

  • lilwil Mar 12, 2008

    I would hope that Special Session is open to the public, but I doubt it.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Mar 12, 2008

    Please e-mail your legislator on this matter...

  • whatelseisnew Mar 12, 2008

    It is an election year, close on the heels of sending old robber Jim Black to jail. They will expell this guy unless he has enough on other robber barons down on Jones Street to stop them from doing this. It would be nice to see a bunch of them go down. In any event I would love to see every incumbent down there, regardless of party, given the heave ho in Novemeber.

  • GetaLIFE Mar 11, 2008

    First, Easley has to approve the session. If he doesn't approve the session then he should be the first to be sent packing. That will show the people of NC what he is all about. If they have the session we will see if the House has the "b_lls" to do their job and expell him. This should be a wake up call to everyone in NC if he is not expelled next week. These representatives think they are above the law, now let's see if they really can do something when it must be done and can be done legally.

  • colliedave Mar 11, 2008

    If mail-ins are good enough for the dem's mulligan in Florida and Michigan, why not a mail-in vote to show him the door?

  • homer s Mar 11, 2008

    he does not deserve a special session. sad that it's going to take one to get the job done. i hope that he gets the offical title "criminal" along with a stiff prison sentence for all the trouble and expense

  • murph Mar 11, 2008

    We need the special session. Vote, kick him out of office, and put him in jail where all criminals belong. I figure an hour should do it...

  • chfdcpt Mar 11, 2008

    Wow, Jim Black Scandal II. Yeah, like the legislature is really going to do anything against Thomas Wright.

    "Those who do not remember the past are condement to repeat it"
    George Santayana

  • MrMan Mar 11, 2008

    I would not hold my breath on him being expelled, remember who is judging him at this point, the democrats in NC need a good house cleaning the problem is what in the world do we do all of them, I have a great idea have them pick up trash along the highways that way we won't endanger any inmates.