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Developer linked to Easley leaves toll road board

Posted January 25, 2010

— A Wilmington developer politically connected to former Gov. Mike Easley has resigned from the North Carolina toll road authority a few days after leaving the Board of Transportation.

Lanny Wilson sent his resignation letter Monday to Senate leader Marc Basnight, who had picked him to join the North Carolina Turnpike Authority board of directors. Wilson was vice chairman.

Wilson's departure from the Board of Transportation came hours before a former Easley aide was indicted on 51 federal corruption charges. Government prosecutors allege Ruffin Poole accepted gifts from a "Wilmington financier" unidentified in the indictment.

The indictment said Easley appointed the financier to the transportation board in 2001, just as Wilson was. He was the only board member from Wilmington.

Wilson also raised campaign money for Gov. Beverly Perdue.

"This resignation is long overdue and should have been demanded by Gov. Perdue long ago,” state Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer said in a statement.

Fetzer also pushed for the resignation of Bob Wilson, a Perdue donor who sits on the commission that oversees implementation of the Coastal Area Management Act. Although Wilson wasn't named in the Poole indictment, details about his appointment to the CAMA board are included.

"The fact that much of this scandal revolves around the projects Bob Wilson is involved with, including those requiring CAMA permits, makes his appointment to the CAMA board and his continued holding of the post one of the most egregious aspects of this entire episode," Fetzer said.


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  • jrfergerson Jan 26, 2010

    p825 you said it buddy and said it good.

  • FE Jan 25, 2010

    I do believe the rats are now jumping off the Titanic, aka Good Ship Easley.

    OTOH, Lanny Wilson might be getting ready to don some bright yellow canary feathers to relate a few facts and perhaps diminish his own potential prison time.


  • Tax Man Jan 25, 2010

    The Wilson connections - to Easley and Perdue! I agree, we are going to need a bigger jail to house all these crooks! Glad the Feds are prosecuting this - that way Perdue cannot just pardon them all. Get them, please! Clean up NC government!

  • time4real Jan 25, 2010

    take note Bev, they're coming for you, GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER and we can't wait! THEN NC will have a chance to recover!

  • LL4U Jan 25, 2010

    Something big(ger) must be coming down the pipe since our presiding Gov has gone on vacation to an unannounced destination. Is there a jail big enough to hold all these cronies??? Shameful!!!

  • Dave Green Jan 25, 2010

    Wonder if the Easley's passports are current? I think someone's going to roll on them.

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jan 25, 2010

    "We are going to have to build another jail sure as heck just to hold Easley and all his sidekicks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Maybe Lanny has some coastal property he'd donate to build it in return for a reduced sentence. Seems like backroom deals are what he does best!

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jan 25, 2010

    Lanny, Lanny, Lanny. The lid came down on the cookie jar. What would your mamma say?

  • BadDayforButch Jan 25, 2010

    This guy was also a major fundraiser for Bev, where there is smoke there is ususally fire

  • WHEEL Jan 25, 2010

    They can run but can they hide? N C State is still paying Oblinger and Nielsen. Rand just got appointed to a big State job. Basnight has been on shaky ground for years but hangs on. The Lottery Comission has never had an OUTSIDE audit. Looks like NC politics is renning about normal!