A few times throughout former Gov. Mike Easley's testimony, he seems to have taken pains to remind the State Board of Elections that they are, in fact, talking to a governor.
There was the tee-off, before chairman Larry Leake had a chance to burrow in with a tough question: "Since I had the privilege of appointing some of you, I wanted to say I appreciate your service."
Easley explained he was too busy trying to get a lottery passed to worry about invoices: "I'm trying to get a lottery passed which passed the end of August...And I'm working on that last vote. If I don't get that passed, I don't have pre-K, I don't have class size reduction and I don't have any of those things we need," Easley said.
Then there was his explanation as to why he didn't triple check with supporter McQueen Campbell about whether flights were paid for: Easley said he was busy trying to fulfill his promises to voters.