Wilmington, NC – Governor Mike Easley says House Speaker Joe Hackney was correct to ask Representative Thomas Wright to step down.
Hackney staked his postion Monday night, and Easley made his comments Tuesday during a press conference on hurricane preparedness.
Easley says the evidence uncovered by the State Board of Elections and turned over to the Wake County DA creates a circumstance where Wright needs to, quote, move on.
We have documentary evidence that's already out there that indicates that there is illegal activity and which seems to me that it's going to be no good end game for Rep. Wright on this.
Meanwhile, Chair of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Alma Adams released a statement calling Hackney's request premature. Adams said the Black Caucus is urging lawmakers to hold back from rushing to judgment and allow the process run its course.
Wright has said repeatedly that he is not stepping down.