Wednesday Gov. Mike Easley weighed in on last week's expulsion of Rep. Thomas Wright. The governor said he's glad the house stepped up and took control of the issue. Wright served in the state House, representing the Wilmington area for eight terms before being expelled last Thursday for alleged ethical and criminal misconduct. He's also facing six felony counts and is expected to go to trial March 31. With fellow legislators denouncing Wright's actions the governor questioned Wright's ability to be an effective voice for the people of New Hanover and Pender Counties. Easley said, "Ever since Rep. Wright got in all of this trouble, the rest of the legislature has kept a distance from him so he has been ineffective, couldn't help the area, can't help the area in the legislature. And I think the expulsion is appropriate." On Monday Wright's lawyers filed an appeal to have the expulsion overturned, claiming the proceedings were legally deficient. Wright has filed to run for office again in November, which he can do as long as he's acquitted in a criminal court.
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