RALEIGH (By David N. Bass, Carolina Journal Online) – Political observers knew he would show up, but few could have guessed that he would hang around so long.
Former Gov. Mike Easley, the subject of a North Carolina Board of Elections’ investigation, testified nearly five hours Wednesday during a third day of hearings into alleged fundraising fraud by his campaign. His testimony often contradicted past witnesses’ accounts — and at times, the former governor said things that seemed to be at odds with statements he had made earlier in the day.
Easley strolled into the hearing shortly before 9:30 a.m., flanked by his attorney and lawyers for the state Democratic Party. A moment later, elections board chairman Larry Leake swore the former governor in.