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North Carolina: Rep. Wright resigns committee positions during ethics investigation

The Charlotte Observer reports: Rep. Thomas Wright, a top ally of former House Speaker Jim Black, resigned his chairmanships of two House committees Monday amid a criminal investigation by the State Board of Elections.

"In order not to cast disfavor upon the Democratic Party, and more importantly, this House of Representatives, I hereby wish to step aside," Wright, a Wilmington Democrat, wrote to House Speaker Joe Hackney and fellow House members in an e-mail Monday. ...

Wright, 51, is under investigation by the elections board over whether he properly disclosed campaign contributions and whether $8,000 in contributions from nurse anesthetists were tied to his blocking a bill they opposed in 2005. The board can judge and pass sentence in a criminal case or forward to the District Attorney.

In an interview with reporters Monday evening, Wright denied trading legislative favors. -- Charlotte Observer | 03/13/2007 | Wright resigns 2 House positions

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