Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue said today she supports a State Ethics Commission investigation into an N.C. Board of Transportation member's steering of roughly $375,000 of public money to projects adjacent to properties that he or his son co-owned at the time.
But she was unclear about whether she intends to attend a fundraiser that the board member, Louis Sewell, is hosting for her Thursday night.
"I need to think about that," Perdue told The Charlotte Observer's Jim Morrill.
According to a copy of the invitation, the event is being held at Sewell's home in Jacksonville at 5:30 p.m. Perdue, a New Bern Democrat, has confirmed that Sewell is a fundraiser for her gubernatorial campaign.
On Sunday, The News & Observer reported the connections between Sewell and his son's real estate interests and Sewell's efforts to secure public money for transportation projects. Sewell has said he only sought the funding to take care of the public's interest.
Perdue did not answer whether she would reappoint Sewell to the board if she is elected governor.
"Lord have mercy," she said. "I'm trying to win the governor's race."
Update: W. Douglas Parsons, an attorney in Clinton, said this afternoon that the fundraiser has been canceled.
"I think it is in the best interest of my family and everybody involved to cancel the event," Sewell said in a statement forwarded by Sewell.
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