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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Easley fallout: All the governor's men

(By Greg Barnes, The Fayetteville Observer) - Ten years ago, powerful Democrats threw their support behind a relatively unknown gubernatorial candidate from Southport - Mike Easley.

They lined up to provide money and favors for Easley's campaign. When he was elected, he rewarded many. They got access to the governor, were appointed to positions of power, found simpler ways through complicated bureaucracies.

Easley's big supporters included prominent business and political leaders from the Cape Fear region. State Sen. Tony Rand of Fayetteville. Businessmen Mac and McQueen Campbell. Fayetteville political figures Lyndo Tippett and George Tatum.

The allegations against the former governor center primarily on a questionable lease of a state-owned marina in Easley's hometown; the apparent below-market purchase of a lot in an upscale subdivision at the coast; free campaign air travel, cars and a country club membership; and a high-paying job created at N.C. State University for Easley's wife, Mary.

Monday, some of the allegations get a public airing. The State Board of Elections has scheduled a hearing on questions about Easley's campaign committee and the Democratic Party.


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