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NCSU to Mary Easley: Scram

Boy, what a surprise. WTVD out of Raleigh reports:

N.C. State Chancellor James Oblinger said Monday that he thinks the wife of former Gov. Mike Easley should step down from her job at the university.

The comment was made during a discussion with reporters following two top level resignations at NC State over her hiring last week.

First, N.C. State Provost Larry Nielsen resigned on Thursday, citing scrutiny of his role in getting Easley her job. The former first lady got a three-year contract at $80,000 a year in 2005 and later a 5-year contract worth $850,000 to run a campus speaker series and a public safety center.

Oblinger knows he is next unless he helps Erskine Bowles clean up this funk. Why he does not go ahead and fire the former First Lady of the state escapes me…wait, no it does not. He is a bureaucrat and a flunky and as such cannot be expected to make a stand on principle.

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DeMint vs. Graham

Big fun at the Sandlapper GOP convention.

Gov. Mark Sanford listed lawmakers in the General Assembly who stood with him to oppose accepting some federal stimulus money. Sanford does not want to take a portion of the federal money unless the state pays off an equivalent amount of debt.

If your lawmakers weren’t named, Sanford urged, then call them.

But U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham followed with a fiery speech that drew jeers from the crowd.

Graham told the crowd there was nothing wrong with any conservative, and he wanted to build an open party that could win in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, as well as South Carolina.

“You’re a hypocrite!” one man yelled.

“I’m a winner, pal,” Graham shot back. “Winning matters to me. If it doesn’t matter to you, there’s the exit sign.”

“Ron Paul is not the leader of this party,” Graham said, prompting a few jeers. Some people yelled, “Yes, he is!”

“I’m not going to give this party over to people who can’t win,” Graham finished, drawing most of the crowd to its feet.

But U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, who followed Graham, said he’d rather have 30 senators who stand on principle than 60 who have none.

Who else thinks Lindsey just painted a huge, national bulls-eye on his back?

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