The Republicans made it clear that they plan to make the Democratic scandals in Raleigh an issue in the fall elections.
"North Carolina has become a national embarrassment and a laughing stock," state GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer told the state Republican convention in Winston-Salem on Saturday.
He entertained the 800 delegates with a litany of the Democratic woes, Rob Christensen reports.
"Lets for a minute review the Democrats' record on ethics," Fetzer said.
"We've got Meg Scott Phipps, the former commissioner of agriculture, a Democrat, just got out of jail. You have Jim Black, speaker of the House, Democrat, in jail. You have Congressman Frank Ballance, Democrat, in jail." (Actually he is no longer in jail.)
"Son of a congressman, Gary Ballance, in jail. Kevin Geddings, the lead lobbyist for the Democrats on the lottery, in jail. Thomas Wright, former House member, Democrat, in jail. Michael Decker, former House member, a Republican who Jim Black paid $50,000 in cash in the bathroom in an IHOP to become a Democrat, in jail — let that be a lesson.
"Ruffin Poole, Gov. Easley's top aide indicted 57 times," Fetzer said. "He pleaded guilty to one account of tax evasion and everyone knows what is coming next. Mike Easley has one foot on the banana peel and the other in the penitentiary somewhere."