Accusations leveled over Perdue flights

RALEIGH Monday, Tom Fetzer renewed a charge he first leveled two months ago.

In October, Fetzer filed a complaint with the state board of elections and has now come forward with five more flights that allegedly went unreported by Governor Bev Perdue.

He says the governor allegedly took flights that she did not pay for, the same sort of thing that got former governor Mike Easley in trouble.

"Surely the Purdue flights warrant some of the same investigation as those of Governor Easley," Fetzer said.

"We will find it and pay for it," Perdue responded.

Perdue has already self-reported violations and reimbursed thousands of dollars to people who paid for those flights. But Fetzer says that suggests they were illegal.

"There would be no reason to reimburse the costs of those flights; you would simply amend your report," he said.

Perdue has long tried to cultivate a reputation for transparency.

"You've got to admire what we're trying to do," Perdue said. "We're trying to not only live within the letter of the law, I'm trying to open it up and let you all see it as you should."

One thing Fetzer and Perdue agree on is that this may not be over.

"We may discover more as the time moves forward," Fetzer said.

"I was surprised, but again we may find more," Perdue added.

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