Limited political corruption in North Carolina
North Carolina has avoided political corruption to a great extent, Holshouser believes, but it has not been entirely immune.
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Oral History Interview with James E. Holshouser Jr., May 9, 1998. Interview C-0328-3. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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- JACK FLEER:
You mentioned things that motivated you to be governor—and
things that you sort of wanted to accomplish—in an earlier
interview. You mentioned that maintaining the university system was a
very important goal that you had. And obviously,
you did maintain it. Was that a difficult thing to maintain during your
term? Was it under duress?
- JAMES E. HOLSHOUSER, JR.:
Let me say one thing to follow up on previous things. I think North
Carolina has not been plagued like other states. I think
we've had a history of good government, Democrats or
Republicans, and that's been helpful for that state. It
probably—when you've had somebody who has had a
decent four years with little scandal, it gets easier to build on that.
Now, it was very clear in documents that came out with the highway
contractors during Jim Hunt's term that some of that had been
going on—price fixing—during my term, and Bob
Scott's term before me; maybe even in the term before him, to
be honest. It didn't look to me like it had much to do with
the administration; there wasn't anything showing state
officials were involved in any of that collusion. That was something
that was an exception to the rule at that time.