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McCrory campaign also forgot two helicopter flights

Posted February 23, 2010 4:14 p.m. EST
Updated February 23, 2010 4:59 p.m. EST

— Pat McCrory's gubernatorial campaign failed to report two helicopter flights valued at $3,300 taken in the waning days of his unsuccessful bid.

The manager for McCrory's campaign said Tuesday the October 2008 flights were uncovered as the State Board of Elections wrote candidates for governor since 2004 asking for more information about their air travel.

Manager Jack Hawke said the campaign filed an amended report dated last week to report the flight expenses. He said one flight invoice never reached the campaign. There was never an invoice issued for the second flight.

State Democratic Party executive director Andrew Whalen said McCrory's refiling raises more questions beyond allegations he discussed at a news conference earlier Tuesday focusing on one of the flights.

State Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer fired back by saying Gov. Beverly Perdue' and former Gov. Mike Easley's problems go well beyond unreported campaign flights.

"Gov. Perdue has engaged in a pattern of questionable behavior, including not only unreported flights, but associations with the same individuals implicated in the Easley investigations," Fetzer said in a statement. "These actions mirror those of Mike Easley and raise questions that the governor continues to avoid."