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Dems pick Asheville lawmaker as Senate leader

Posted November 17, 2009
Updated November 18, 2009

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— The Democratic caucus in the state Senate voted Tuesday to name Sen. Martin Nesbitt, D-Buncombe, as their leader.

Nesbitt will replace Sen. Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, as Senate majority leader. Rand announced recently that he would resign his legislative seat to become chairman of the state Post-release Supervision and Parole Commission.

Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight endorsed Nesbitt for the job shortly after Rand announced his pending move.

Nesbitt, an Asheville lawyer, has been a state lawmaker for 30 years, becoming one of the House's chief budget-writers in the 1990s. He has been in the Senate since 2004.


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  • retired and luv it Nov 17, 2009

    Boy I am elated that we got Basnight's approval. Can't possibly be a crook with that endorsement. Does anyone but me wish we could for once elect an average non career lawyer politician for a change??? TERM LIMITS--send Marc Basnight HOME.

  • DrJ Nov 17, 2009

    What's the over and under on months until he's in prison like the rest of them?

  • concerncitizen Nov 17, 2009

    Our founding fathers made one big mistake! Attorney's should not be able to be politicians! It should be in the constitution! Bending the law until it is something else is a lie! Bending the laws is natural, telling lies is natural, for attorneys.

  • oakmont Nov 17, 2009

    If Basnight endorses him, it can't be good for NC.

  • RedStatesManWatts Nov 17, 2009

    Grandpeople-You took the words right out of my mouth...DITTO!

  • Grandpeople Nov 17, 2009

    Yepee - a Democrat and a Lawyer - can't wait for the next ethics hearing to begin.

  • HughBlueJorgan Nov 17, 2009

    Since Tony Rand has resigned, its time for Marc Basnight to resign from the State Senate so we can get down to some serious State business and at least attempt to fix what these corrupt State Leaders has caused.