Before the press gets too ga-ga over Gov.-elect Bev Perdue's selection of Gene Conti as the new head of the NC Department of Transportation as some type of "change" from DOT's patronage-laden past, let's point out a couple of things:
1. Gene Conti's wife, Betsy, was Perdue's Chief of Staff from 2002-2005.
2. Mr. and Mrs. Conti have given in excess of $15,000 to Democratic campaigns over the past four years, including $4,200 to Perdue's committee. (Download full list of contributions Download Conti_contributions in Excel).
Although I do have to give Gov.-elect Perdue some credit for her selection — Conti actually has experience in the transportation industry unlike his predecessor whose sole qualification for the job was that he was Sen. Tony Rand's accountant.