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Basnight supports fundraiser for DOT head

Senate leader Marc Basnight said he has told Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue that Transportation Board member Lanny Wilson would be a good pick for transportation secretary.

Wilson would be no stranger to Perdue. He is one of a handful of board members who were also fundraisers for her gubernatorial campaign. Two other transportation board members who raised money for Perdue resigned during the campaign. Thomas Betts pressured a city official to raise money for Perdue and Louis Sewell steered roadwork to commercial properties in Jacksonville that he or his son co-owned.

Perdue pledged to use executive orders to take much of the specific road-building decisions away from transportation board members, who are appointed by the governor.

Basnight said that Wilson's fundraising activities wouldn't raise any problems with him running the transportation department.

"I wish she would appoint him. I asked her to," Basnight told reporters Thursday. "I think Lanny would be outstanding.

"He never wants anything for himself. Never has. He's a fundraiser because he cares. And there's not a governor in this country that I'm aware of who will not appoint people who raise money for them," Basnight said. "I would not shy from it. Now she may well do that. She never did listen to me."

Efforts to reach Wilson Thursday afternoon failed. A message to a Perdue spokesman was not immediately returned.

More reasons for Basnight's support and why he wouldn't change the board after the jump.


"Lanny has so much to give this state. He's smart and he understands the department very well. I believe he could reorganize the department in a fashion that we would get much more out for our money," Basnight said.

Transportation board members and secretaries, who oversee billions in transportation spending, have long been gubernatorial fundraisers. Basnight said he would not recommend any changes to that system. But board members should not benefit from their position, he said.

"I've never felt that those rules should be changed or any other commission or board. That would be like saying an attorney can't sit on a particular board if he raises money for that candidate and that board affects the law in any fashion or any way."


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Re: Basnight supports fundraiser for DOT head

We will find out very soon that it's possible to build a LOOP around Wilmington

Bev, Do what your Father says!!!!

Maybe a freudian slip, but bniolet was accurate when Basnight "told" Beverly that she should pick Wilson as Transportation Secretary. Not only did Basnight groom Beverly over the years but how much did he and Rand contribute (thru the state democratic party) to her campaign in the closing weeks?

Given what is now happening in Fayetteville, expect the same status quo from Beverly.

Heck, she hasn't even started paying back the Cherokee Indians, Unions, other DOT members, Highway Patrol, etc. for their huge contributions to her campaign.

How about choosing someone who is professionally qualified?

I know this is a radical idea, but how about choosing someone who is actually an expert in transportation, and not just a political hack, to run the NCDOT. Wouldn't that be a nice change? NCDOT is way too political as it is, regardless of who is in office.

Re: Basnight supports fundraiser for DOT head

"She never did listen to me"

Who took down this quote? How big was the grin on his face? I know he could not possibly say this with a straight face.

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Re: Basnight supports fundraiser for DOT head

Marc contiues to DICATE, Wilson will be appointed. N@O why is the crook Louis Sewell's name still on this bridge in Jacksonville?

Re: Basnight supports fundraiser for DOT head

How much money has Lanny Wilson and his family donated to political campaigns recently? It is always the same, the people that have the cash to give to politicians are the ones appointed to boards, etc. Look at the Campbell boys. Mac and McQueen, very wealthy oil and gas family, give very generously to campaigns, fly the governor for years on their private planes. Mac---Dept of Transportation, McQueen---Board of Trustees for University system.

Money = priviledge Money = favors Money - power

Not saying Lanny isn't qualified it just gets sad following the money all the time.

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