Former US Rep. Bob Etheridge Appointed To Oversee NC's Federal Stimulus Plan

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge has a new job.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said Tuesday she has appointed the Democrat to oversee North Carolina's share of the federal stimulus program. Etheridge replaces Dempsey Benton, who departed his position at the Office of Economic Recovery and Investment in November.

Money will go through the program through at least 2012, but nearly 80 percent of the recovery funds have already been spent. Etheridge will oversee how the money is dispersed and make sure projects under contract are getting done.

Etheridge was ousted from Congress in November by Republican challenger Renee Ellmers. He will earn a salary of almost $100,000 per year in his new job.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    Let me understand, the nc voters voted him out to a realitvely unknown. so he lost badly, so the governor hires right back. what a slap in the face to the voters. guess what she does not care at all about what the voters want.
  • by Judi Location: Sanford on Feb 7, 2011 at 12:18 PM
    When is he going to get a job not paid for by the taxpayer. All he knows how to do is spend money earned by people who have real jobs. When is the last time he "Worked" for any thing. How stupid does Gov. Bev think we are. Some of us went to school before the dumbed down.
  • by marcia Location: Fuquay-Varina on Feb 3, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    This is just typical of what we have in office. There really are no politicians who are truly working for the people. If they were, this kind of insult would not happen. DISGUSTED.
  • by Mike Location: Greensboro on Feb 3, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    He is going to make sure that the money is spent correctly? Come on! Does the Gov think that we are that stupid? This guy is another political hack and he should have went home and got a real job like the rest of us had to do.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    She has made a home for losers. How she is spending our money not hers is disgusting. She hired another crony to oversea the education money. He was fired by a judge when he said bev hired him illegally. Recall is the answer for this governor.
  • by Fed Up Location: Greenville on Feb 3, 2011 at 04:32 AM
    Bev, you rode in on a straight ticket w/ Pbo. You should be tarred and feathered on your way out!!! Crooks of a feather
  • by warning Location: ENC on Feb 2, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    Don't look up people. The ones above us are crapping on us again. The people spoke last year and they will again in 2012 Mrs. Perdue.
  • by Lubba Location: Come on Bev??? on Feb 2, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    I will never vote for you again Bev, you give this loser a job during a hiring freeze, what are you thinking. He grabs a kid, puts him in a head lock, says he was having a bad day. WHATEVER, he's out in 2 years and so are you. I guess your gonna keep on wasting money tryin to save the "good ole boys", You lose voters every time you do something dumb like this? Apparently, you don't need common sense to be a governor. Go figure.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 2, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    Mark, so true...I wonder if our state houses can stop the spending? I am sure there are federal requirements attached to the spending...nothing is free.
  • by mark Location: winterville on Feb 2, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    Beverly, you have to be a complete idiot. You hired this man to oversee the stimulus plan that he voted for and the majority of NC voters did not want.One of the reasons he was not re elected was this vote. You are next
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