Lanny Wilson, a Wilmington developer and lawyer who resigned last week from the State Board of Transportation, today also gave up his seat as vice chairman of the N.C. Turnpike Authority.
Wilson was a key money man for the campaigns of former Gov. Mike Easley and Gov. Bev Perdue. He testified in a State Board of Elections hearing that he gave large checks to the Democratic Party that he expected would be in turn given to Easley's campaign.
He was a prominent part of the indictment issued last week against Easley aide Ruffin Poole. The indictment said Wilson helped Poole to invest in developments that Poole was also taking official actions to help.
"Just a quick email to advise you that I have submitted my resignation to the appropriate people in Senator Basnight's office," Wilson said today in e-mail to David Joyner, the turnpike authority's executive director.
Schorr Johnson, a spokesman for Sen. Marc Basnight, the Senate leader, confirmed that Basnight had received Wilson's resignation letter.
The turnpike authority is building the $1 billion Triangle Expressway in western Wake County and Research Triangle Park, the state's first modern toll road. Wilson championed the authority's Cape Fear Skyway project, a proposed $1.3 billion road and bridge in Wilmington. He participated by telephone in the turnpike board's monthly meeting last Wednesday.
Perdue now will find a replacement for Wilson on the Board of Transportation, where he represented Division 3, including New Hanover and five other southeastern counties. Basnight, who had asked Perdue to make Wilson her state transportation secretary, now will pick his successor on the turnpike board.
Wilson previously served four years on the N.C. Real Estate Commission and was former general counsel and vice president of Boney Wilson & Sons Inc.