The state Board of Elections will call Ruffin Poole to testify next week in an aspect of its mostly concluded probe involving former Gov. Mike Easley.
The board wanted to hear from Poole in October, but Poole refused and fought the board's efforts to the state Court of Appeals. The court said he should testify, but the board's hearing had wrapped up.
Testimony in the hearing showed that Poole was involved in fundraising for Easley from a developer at the same time that Poole was a key aide to the governor in resolving permitting, board appointments and other regulatory matters. Poole was known as a fix-it man for Easley and records show he handled a wide range of issues close to the governor.
The state board will meet Thursday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. and the first item on the agenda will be Ruffin Poole, said elections director Gary Bartlett. The meeting will be at the board's office in downtown Raleigh.
Poole on Tuesday resigned his spot on the Golden LEAF foundation, a board the controls millions in tobacco settlement money that flows to North Carolina.