Easley, Perdue Call for Wright's Resignation

Rep. Thomas Wright
Rep. Thomas Wright

RALEIGH -- Governor Mike Easley and Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue say New Hanover Representative Thomas Wright should resign. Easley and Perdue say the evidence that led state elections officials to ask prosecutors to investigate Wright's campaign finances should prompt him to step down.

House Speaker Joe Hackney Monday called for his fellow Democrat to leave office. Hackney asked the Legislative Ethics Committee to investigate Wright's actions.

Easley says documentary evidence indicates illegal activity, and Wright should "move on."

Wright is firing back saying Easley is passing judgement on him before the process works. He calls it grossly unfair of the governor, a fellow Democrat he's always supported.

Wright is getting a boost from the Legislative Black Caucus. They say there's a rush to judgement in Raleigh.

State Board of Elections investigators say evidence indicates Wright may have spent more than $240,000 in campaign donations on personal expenses.

Wright has not been charged with any crimes. He said Monday night he won't step down.

Reported by Joe Keiley with help from the Associated Press