many of them active in North Carolina politics — were mentioned during Jim Black’s sentencing hearing. A glance at some of those named:
A longtime Republican state representative from Asheboro, Brubaker was elected speaker in 1994 when Republicans took control of the House. He served two two-year terms before Democrats regained control of the House in 1998.
A former Republican representative from Forsyth County, Decker reached a deal with Black in 2003 to switch parties and cast a key vote to keep Black in power as speaker. Decker was sentenced to four years in prison for selling his vote to Black.
A former Republican state representative from Iredell County whose vote Black once sought in the race for speaker. Brawley unsuccessfully ran for state insurance commissioner in 2004.
A longtime assistant in Black’s optometry practice who also served as treasurer for his campaigns. She testified that she did not see a reason to include in a campaign filing the $500,000 loan that initially went into Black’s campaign account.
President and founder of The Capitol Group, a firm that represents several government and private clients. He has been ranked the state’s most influential lobbyist since 2003 in a survey by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.
Warner is a former Democratic state representative from Cumberland County to whom Black said he gave $8,000. Warner said he recalls getting $6,000 from Black for an herbal medicine business Warner wanted to start.
A Court of Appeals Judge and former state lawmaker who was vying along with Black to steal the speakership from Brubaker in 1997 by trying to cut deals with Republicans. (more…)