State Senate Rules Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson) began an investigation of accusations Gov. Perdue’s staff created misleading letters to support funding of the Mid-Currituck Bridge and the Garden Parkway near Gastonia. He introduced as evidence the letters bearing the signature of the Department of Transportation Chief Operating Officer Jim Trogden. The letters were used on the Senate floor by Sen. Stan White (D-Dare) in an attempt to restore funds in the budget for the Mid-Currituck Bridge in his district. His attempt failed. Another allegedly false letter to Rep. Bill Current (R-Gaston) supported funding in the current budget for the planned Garden Parkway toll road. Sen. Apodaca said the problem was Trogden had already written a letter to budget writers saying the money wasn’t needed this budget cycle for either project because of possible legal challenges.
Sen. Apodaca said he wanted to hear from an official from DOT at a Rules Committee meeting Wednesday morning and wanted someone from the Governor’s office to address the investigation Thursday.
After the meeting he said he could refer the matter to the Wake County District Attorney if that’s where the evidence leads them.