Among the invitees was a former Board of Transportation member who had made Perdue's path to the state's top job a bit more arduous, reports Dan Kane.
Louis W. Sewell Jr., a Perdue fundraiser, resigned from the board last fall after The News & Observer reported that in two instances Sewell had advocated for road projects near businesses that he or his son co-owned. He said in both cases he was not trying to enhance his property, but remedy road problems that were affecting general traffic.
Days after the report (and just before Sewell resigned), Perdue was unclear about whether she would attend a fundraiser Sewell was throwing on her behalf in Jacksonville.
When asked if she would reappoint Sewell to the board, Perdue said, "Lord have mercy. I'm trying to win the governor's race."
Sewell cancelled the fundraiser and resigned from the transportation board shortly after that.
Perdue has since changed board operations so that members can not approve road building contracts.
David Kochman, Perdue's communications director, declined to identify all of the roughly 25 people who attended the meeting on March 30. But he confirmed that Sewell and Lanny Wilson of Wilmington, another Board of Transportation member, were there.
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Kochman said not all of invitees were campaign supporters of Perdue, a New Bern Democrat.
He said the meeting did not give special access to the people who raised thousands of dollars for Perdue's campaign.
"I think that lots of people in all walks of life ... have had good access to her to share their views and to hear from her and she's very proud of that fact," Kochman said.