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Vinroot works with Easley's son

Time heals some wounds, apparently.

In 2000, Democrat Mike Easley beat Republican Richard Vinroot in a rough and tumble gubernatorial campaign. They've rarely spoken or even seen each other in the years since, Jim Morrill reports.

But now Easley's son, Michael Jr., is working with his father's erstwhile rival at Vinroot's Charlotte law firm. The younger Easley, a law student at the University of North Carolina, is one of a handful of summer clerks at Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson.

He and Vinroot have hit it off, going to lunch at places such as the Diamond. Vinroot and his wife Judy have even talked about inviting Easley and other clerks to their home for dinner.

"He's a nice young man and his parents are nice people," Vinroot says. "I just happen to have a different political philosophy and we happened to bump into each other running for governor. He won and I lost."

Vinroot didn't want to comment on the Easleys' legal troubles. A federal grand jury in Raleigh is looking into free air trips the former governor took. Prosecutors have also interviewed the Fayetteville car dealer who loaned a 2000 GMC Yukon that was driven by Michael Jr.


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Re: Vinroot works with Easley's son

Vinroot sez 'his parents are nice people'...

they are? please describe...

Re: Vinroot works with Easley's son

I think the Bible contains the following:

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."

.......or it may be in James' book.

We may be nearing the end of times so be ready. Get a haircut and some decent shoes. And a tie that matches!

Re: Vinroot partners with Easley's son

how about "Easley's son works with Vinroot", rather than "Vinroot works with Easley's son." The way you have it reminds me of the tongue in cheek headline in the Fayetteville paper a few years back that said "Judge's father re-elected to State Senate", referring to Ripley and Tony Rand.

Re: Vinroot partners with Easley's son

Good point. I've changed the headline.

— RTB 

Re: Vinroot partners with Easley's son

Somewhat misleading headline. "Working with" and "Partnering" imply a much closer involvememt than a summer intern has with a senior partner in a firm with over 100 attorneys.

"Pass each other in the break room" is more appropriate.

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