Easley Staffers Rewrite Section In Book About Governor


You can thank Governor Mike Easley's press office staff for a section about him in a book about the state's governors.

The News And Observer of Raleigh reports that more than two-thirds of the section on Easley in the book "The Governors of North Carolina" came from his office. No other subject in the book published in March reviewed their section. The book, written by state-employed historians, included numerous changes by staffers.

One draft deleted a reference to Easley taking office --quote-- in the long shadow of James B. Hunt Junior, who served four terms as governor compared to Easley's two. The governor's staff also added that their boss "inherited from the previous administration" a budget shortfall.

Easley spokeswoman Sherri Johnson says the staff was asked to review and edit Easley's section, and that's what they did. She also said Easley --wasn't-- aware of their work until after the book was published.