He left his best face at home that day

Staff WritersSeptember 28, 2006 

State Sen. Tony Rand was on the stand Wednesday, being grilled by a lawyer for former state lottery commissioner Kevin L. Geddings.

The questions concerned what Rand remembered of a Scientific Games lobbyist -- and friend of Geddings -- named Alan Middleton.

Rand said several times that he could barely place the man, much less remember meetings with him.

Then defense lawyer Thomas C. Manning of Raleigh put the photo above of Middleton on a screen. Did he look familiar? In the image, Middleton appears, well, out of sorts.

Rand puzzled over the picture.

"Not a very flattering photograph," Manning said, finally.

"Not the best, I would say," the senator replied.

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