There will be NO punishment for Governor Easley's two top staffers who helped the former head of the state Utilities Commission get private consulting work. Easley says he had warned them about potential conflicts of interest. But this week Easley said he won't punish Alan Hirsch, director of his policy office, or senior policy adviser Hawley
Truax. The pair called and e-mailed potential employers for ex-commission chairwoman Jo Anne Sanford. Hirsch and Truax reviewed and suggested changes to paid consulting contracts Sanford later signed with Duke Energy, Progress Energy and four other organizations. They also tried to arrange state-owned office space for Sanford, who would be working for companies regulated by the state.