The Campaign Spot

Culture of Corruption, Part Thirteen

News from North Carolina:

North Carolina State University’s Board of Trustees has terminated the contract of Mary Easley, the wife of former Gov. Mike Easley hours after it became clear that the governor had played a key role in arranging for his wife’s job.

The chancellor of N.C. State, James Oblinger, also resigned after e-mails emerged that showed he’d played a critical role in designing Mrs. Easley’s job responsibilities as did a trustee, McQueen Campbell, who was also involved in the job’s creation.

The trustees said that the duties of Easley’s $170,000-a-year job no longer exist and that her departure from N.C. State would be in the best interest of the university. The trustees, along with UNC system president Erskine Bowles, met Monday afternoon.

NCSU: Not Checking Spouse’s Usefulness.

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