Wright Urged to Resign

WILMINGTON -- All signs point to Thomas Wright's eighth term in office being his last.

New Hanover County Democrats are the latest to ask the state representative to resign, and say they're already searching for someone else to run in 2008.

"We have no power over his resignation, but now would be good time to handle his legal issues, so we can find someone," said Jim Morgan, Chair of the county Democrats.

Wilmington resident and community activist Hollis Briggs has already put his name forward as Wright's replacement.

"My community involvement, I would be a good choice to succeed Wright," explained Briggs.

Democrats says they're working on gathering more names.

Wright may not need to resign for a replacement to be named. If convicted of the felony charges, Wright could face up to 11 years in prison. Click here for an explanation of the charges against Wright.

Also, House Speaker Joe Hackney wants to call the General Assembly into a special session so Wright can be expelled which hasn't happened to a lawmaker in over a century.

"I think if he just apologized and said he was sorry than we could at least understand his errors, apologies go a long way," added Briggs

The planned history museum that Wright is accused of using as a front for fraud, is now in the early stages of development with funds untainted by corruption.

The General Assembly Ethics Committee says it plans to move fast in conducting their own investigation on Wright.

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Reported by Joe Keiley