Wild Wright scenario..
So, Rep. Thomas Wright is facing his ethics hearing this week that could result in the long run in his dismissal as a lawmaker. It stems from an alleged misuse in $350,000+ in campaign donations, charitable donations, and loans.
Even if Wright is kicked out there is a scenario where he could be back in his lawmakers chair in 2009.
Let's say Rep. Wright is kicked out of the state House. For argument sake, let's say his criminal case is pushed back past May 6. He has filed and will be on the ballot for re-election. Speaker Hackney's office says his removal only counts for the current session. That means if he won his primary and went on to win the general election he could be back in office in 2009.
Of course, in the meantime he could be convicted in criminal court. That would mean he's out of office for good because a convicted felon cannot serve in state office.
Still, crazier things have happened!
I also found out today that Gov. Easley will not be unveiling his extensive drought legislation plan at tomorrow's Drought Management Advisory Council meeting. You may remember a couple weeks ago, Easley aide Franklin Freeman said he might propose the changes at tomorrow's meeting. The proposals will include more oversight of private wells, a statewide mandatory drought water restriction plan, and more extensive emergency powers for the Governor.
Perhaps the proposal was moved back since Easley is taking so much heat this week?