A crowd of hundreds of veteran pols gave legendary lobbyist Zeb Alley a send off Wednesday night in Raleigh.
Among the overflow crowd who showed up for a "celebration of life" for Alley at the NC State University Club were former Democratic Governors Jim Hunt and Bev Perdue, Republican Senate leader Phil Berger, Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodoca, former Congressman Bob Etheridge, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, and former Secretary of State Rufus Edmisten.
There were veteran lobbyists who used to walk the halls with Alley such as Sam Johnson and Al Adams. And there influential lawmakers from past years such as former Senate Finance Chairman Marshall Rauch Speaker Pro Tem Jack Hunt, and former Senate Majority leader Tony Rand.
Alley, who died last week at age 84, will be laid to rest Sunday in his hometown of Waynesville. He was hailed as a war hero, a keen lobbyist, an extraordinary story teller, and a man for a gift for friendships. They also said no one could throw a party like Alley.