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Parsimony a problem

Throughout the week, campaign officials have described former Gov. Mike Easley as a reluctant fundraiser who was, well in a word, tight.

Easley didn't care to spend money and he told the State Board of Elections that he hated to see money wasted. But that testimony wasn't helpful to Easley.

Easley testified that he was only briefly involved in repairs to his rental home in Raleigh and that he trusted McQueen Campbell to handle the repairs and get paid for them. Easley said he never asked Campbell how much the repairs were costing him.

Board chairman Larry Leake had a problem with that idea.

"The inference during the testimony is that you are a little on the tight side," Leake said.

"I am with the state's money. I don't want to see anything wasted. I didn't want to see any campaign money wasted, I didn't want to see any campaign time wasted," Easley said.

"You never inquired about how much those repairs were costing you?" Leake asked.

"I just figured it would all come out in the wash," Easley said.


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