HOUSE PANEL UNANIMOUS ON COUNTS OF MISCONDUCT AGAINST REP. WRIGHT
A bipartisan House committee agreed Wednesday there's probable cause to believe state Rep. Thomas Wright participated in unethical and improper activities, an action that could lead to Wright's censure or removal from office.
By unanimous votes on all eight counts against him, the House Select Committee formally accused the Wilmington Democrat of ethical misconduct unbefitting of a member of the House, involving loans for his foundation, charitable contributions from three companies and his failure to report $185,000 in campaign contributions. Rep. Wright also faces six felony charges by a Wake County grand jury in relation to the same evidence used by Committee members to find probable cause to censure or expel him from the General Assembly. On those charges, Wright faces up to 11 years in prison. He has plead not guilty to those charges.
Listen Thursday for excerpts of the hearing at StateGovernmentRadio.com plus commentary on the outcome of the panel hearing from Chair of the Select Committee Rep. Rick Galzier (D-Cumberland), NC State University Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor, and Joe Sinsheimer, the political activist that did the initial research into Wright's campaign accounts that ultimately lead to a State Board of Elections investigation and the current charges against him.
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