Last week, the Wake County grand jury decided there was enough evidence to justify charging Representative Thomas Wright on five counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice.
According to the Associated Press, Wright's only comment to reporters after appearing before a magistrate was, "You would have thought I had murdered somebody, wouldn't you?"
Really, Mr. Wright? Is that to say that allegations of fraud and obstruction of justice just aren't a big deal? Maybe that's what got you into trouble in the first place. Perhaps it didn't seem to really matter if, as you've been charged, a few hundred thousand dollars were illegally misdirected.
You should be ashamed of yourself. Not only have you let down the entire district you represent, you're implication is it's OK to break the rules. After all, apparently anything short of murder isn't deserving of investigation and, if guilty, punishment. You've got to be kidding!
Six months ago, when Wright invoked his fifth amendment right to not testify before the state board of elections, we suggested that while it didn't look good, calls for his resignation were premature. Now we feel differently.
Since then Wright's committee appointments have been denied, his bills have stalled in the House, and he was absent while more than 200 bills were voted on. Only ten members of the House missed more votes than Thomas Wright, most of them resigned or were appointed during the session, died or, in the case of Wright's friend Jim Black, were sent to prison.
What's clear is Wright is no longer capable of doing the job he was sent to Raleigh to do. With the indictments, he will be even more ineffective. His district deserves a representative who can do just that, represent his district.
It's time for Thomas Wright to do what's right for the people who placed their trust in him. It's time for him to do what he should have been doing from the day he was elected, put the greater good of his constituents ahead of his own interests. If he had, perhaps we wouldn't be calling for his resignation.
That's what we think. Tell us what you think. (kd)