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Easley, two top aides to lobby state government

Posted April 23, 2009

— Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley and two top aides are joining the Raleigh office of a Virginia-based lobbying, consulting and law firm.

McGuireWoods LLP said Thursday that Easley, Franklin Freeman and Ruffin Poole are joining its lobbying and consulting practice and will become partners in the law firm.

Easley will represent corporate clients as a senior member of the firm's lobbying and public affairs subsidiary. Freeman and Poole will lobby state government.

Freeman is a former state Supreme Court justice who served as chief of staff to Easley and former Gov. Jim Hunt. Poole was the top legal adviser to Easley and current Gov. Beverly Perdue.

McGuireWoods chairman Richard Cullen said all three have started their jobs. The firm is based in Richmond, Va.

Former Gov. Jim Martin also works for McGuireWoods in Charlotte.

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  • Milkman Apr 24, 2009

    Easley needs to lobby Bev for a pardon on the state charges, and Obama for a pardon on the federal charges.

    Term limits, so Easley wouldn't know a soul in the state legislature would be a good start.

  • nufsaid Apr 23, 2009

    Think the timing of this announcement in relation to the reports of Weasley's Federal investigation is coincidental? Could it be an attempt to spin a little PR in his favor? Just asking.

    If it is, don't think it will work. His arrogance is pretty much a known quantity.

  • CozyCake Apr 23, 2009

    Look at it this way-if he is as involved in the law firm operation as he was in day to day work with his state...the firm will be paying for someone to do nothing much. His impact will be limited to the firm's spending accounts.

  • nufsaid Apr 23, 2009

    " Be a governor then peddle your political influence for $$$$ after your term. Where is the integrity in politics? This, on top of the car mess, hurts any good legacy he may have had.
    Cricket at the lake"

    He didn't wait until after his term to peddle his influence for financial gain. Look at the land deal at the beach and his wife's position at NCSU. Hopefully he will be best remembered for the warm relationship he develops with his cellmate.

  • 8675309-9 Apr 23, 2009

    The Tea Parties united all American people against just this kind conflict

    Check your sources. The tea parties were an orchestration of Fox News. Not at all a bipartisan showing of support against issues like this.

  • WHEEL Apr 23, 2009

    I hope they pay him enough so that he can buy cars for his family and not have to sponge them off "FRIENDS"

  • Cricket at the lake Apr 23, 2009

    Is that what the Founding Fathers had in mind? Be a governor then peddle your political influence for $$$$ after your term. Where is the integrity in politics? This is the kind of issue that Republican and Democrat citizens are both sick of. The Tea Parties united all American people against just this kind conflict. This, on top of the car mess, hurts any good legacy he may have had.

  • Nancy Apr 23, 2009

    So typical, work and influence as an elected official, take the perks and run........then become a lobbyist and do it all again.