Etheridge Becomes Adviser For State Storm Recovery

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge is moving from one state job to another, this time helping fellow Democrat Gov. Beverly Perdue manage North Carolina's recovery efforts following Hurricane Irene.

Perdue appointed Etheridge on Friday as a special adviser on the storm -- a job that's expected to last three months. He'll step down as head of the state Office of Economic Recovery and Investment, where he's been since February. That office oversees North Carolina's share of the federal stimulus program.

Etheridge is from Harnett County and served seven terms in Congress before losing to Renee Ellmers last November. He's also a former superintendent of public instruction.

The North Carolina Rural Center will foot the bill for his salary, prorated at Etheridge's current $98,500 annual salary.

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  • by jb Location: onslow on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    queston? this not related to storm,but just wondering why nc pasted the lottery? wasn't it for education?if so why are we still having troubles with finances of the school system?also nc gas tax is among highest yet nc still having finacial woes...hmmm where did we go wrong with our trust?
  • by TOO Much Location: Goldsboro on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:02 AM
    The old rats in the barn sure know how to find the public cheese and fill their bellies on it...Blame madame Joker and her gang...I'd bet she's dipping her beak a little as well...It ain't all about the ole north state!
  • by Butter Bean Location: Ayden on Sep 10, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    Isn't it amazing how these top-level jobs can be instantly "created" when so many of our regualar citizens are out of work. That's why our government is in so much financial trouble! The "good ole boy' network is alive and well in NC.
  • by Hmmmm... Location: OBX on Sep 9, 2011 at 08:13 PM
    I wonder if he'll rough up anyone who dares ask him a question when he's walking down the street. His appointment is reason enough not to re-elect Perdue, as if I needed any more. Throw her out next Novemeber!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Earl on Sep 9, 2011 at 07:13 PM
    She had to find the one person in the state more clueless and less qualified than her. That narrowed the choices down considerably.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    We have the ability to correct alot of this in the next general election...didn't vote for her the first time, not voting for her this time either.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Sep 9, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    Why I think it's just great that they were able to find him a job so quickly. He ought to do quite well seeing as he had been a NC legislative representative and as such knows all the ropes, levers and wheels of NC state government. By crackie wonder how many of his relatives he will hire on to help ? Well, as they say every cloud has a silver lining.
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      by Preach it on Sep 9, 2011 at 06:11 PM in reply to taxman
      Government doesn't "really" work like that. Does it?
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      by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 at 08:32 PM in reply to taxman
      We should assemble a blue-ribbon committee to investigate which of his relatives we should hire first. Probably would be a good idea to make sure there are enough support staff to shoulder the grueling workload too.
  • by Mack Location: East of I-95 on Sep 9, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    Who is he? Who is he? WHO IS HE??
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Sep 9, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    What ever you do, don't ask him what he thinks about anything!
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      by Mustang on Sep 9, 2011 at 01:41 PM in reply to Rusty Shackelford
      "Who are you?" :-)
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        by Rusty Shackelford on Sep 9, 2011 at 06:19 PM in reply to Mustang
        lol, classic elitism...
  • by fed up Location: statewide on Sep 9, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    Gee! you vote a guy out of office and WE still have to pay him for services not delivered
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      by wooyah on Sep 9, 2011 at 03:10 PM in reply to fed up
      at least he's working - he could have retired and starting drawing his pension for all those years of state service
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        by Chuck WireWiggler on Sep 9, 2011 at 05:33 PM in reply to wooyah
        at least he's working . . .I wouldn't count on it.
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