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Aide: Easley provided sharp words on fired worker

Posted February 4, 2010

— The communications director for former Gov. Mike Easley said in a deposition that Easley provided the sharp words in 2008 explaining why a cabinet agency's public affairs director was fired.

Sherri Johnson disclosed Easley's involvement in a deposition last week for a public records lawsuit.

Several media outlets have accused Easley and his staff of deleting e-mails in violation of state laws. Debbie Crane, a former spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services, prompted the allegations by statements she made after she was fired in early 2008.

The governor's press office then called Crane "dishonest, untruthful and insubordinate." Johnson testified that Easley "dictated it word for word and ordered" the statement be sent out.

DHHS said Crane was fired for advising the health secretary not to talk to a newspaper about its mental health investigation.

Johnson also disclosed in her testimony that Easley sometimes conducted state business through a private e-mail account that only a few staff members could access.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday that she also has a private e-mail account, but she said that she archived any messages dealing with state business.

In other testimony in the records lawsuit, former Easley press secretary Renee Hoffman said she and other staffers were instructed to delete their e-mails to and from the governor's office. Johnson denied that directive.

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  • pbjbeach Feb 4, 2010

    In my own personal estimation the feds need to make governor dumpling produce her e-mails from when she was the lt governor serving under good old mikey from her then private e-mail accounts that i have no doubt that she had a private e-mail account while serving as the lt governor. thank you

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 4, 2010

    Easley knew everything that his former lawyer did and he will be sent to prison for several years. Easley has done more than Black and Meg Scott Phelps, I will bet that he will get some Federal Prison time. Totally shady. All of this is about the love of money. We have more corrupt politicians than Obama's city of Detroit.

  • kodac31 Feb 4, 2010

    There are plenty of more "crooks" in Wake County that need to be looked into as well... This has just opened the door!

  • lilluke0 Feb 4, 2010

    Way to go "patriot", I'm on your side about these private e-mail accounts that's not necessary if she's(GovernorPerdue) all for this transparencies she spoke of in most of her speeches to media about government spending. I got a feeling she's trying to justify some of Easley's wrong doings.
    Koolhand1020410

  • jrfergerson Feb 4, 2010

    THIS MAN OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF - AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE DAY HE WILL BE CALLED OUT MORE THAN HE HAS BEEN SO FAR AND FOUND IN AN ORANGE JUMP SUIT

  • HanginTough Feb 4, 2010

    you're next lady bev....

  • ech Feb 4, 2010

    after the bus runs over Easley it is coming for ol Bev. I wish i could drive.

  • kggg21 Feb 4, 2010

    That would be ole Mikey and Bev!

  • kggg21 Feb 4, 2010

    Liar, liar, pants on fire!

  • concerncitizen Feb 4, 2010

    The Governor is useing the same tpye of lines, like when she was cauth with undeclared airline flights. "I didn't know they were not declared" "I have a private e-mail, but I keep all public business e-mails" Who knows the truth?

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