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Easley says his bio shouldn't have been in NC governors' book

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RALEIGH (AP) -- Governor Easley, whose heavily edited biography wound up in a state-produced history of North Carolina's governors, says a recounting of his term in office shouldn't yet be in the history books.

Easley's press office rewrote much of the proposed entry on Easley for "The Governors of North Carolina," published by the Department of Cultural Resources. E-mails between the department, Easley's office and the book's editor showed that the revisions were contentious.

According to e-mails obtained by The News & Observer of Raleigh, Easley's office eliminated a reference to his failed bid for the US Senate in 1990 and a boyhood reputation for "making mischief."

Easley told reporters yesterday that it was too soon for his biography to be in a book.

Easley, who will leave office when his second term expires in January 2009, said he didn't know much about the controversy beyond what was in the newspaper. But he added, "The whole thing is idiotic to me."

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