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State elections board investigating Wake schools race flier

Posted September 14, 2011

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— The State Board of Elections is investigating a campaign flier targeting five candidates running for the Wake County Board of Education.

The flier, which circulated at the school board's meeting last week and was posted to the candidates' Facebook pages on Monday, shows photos of national NAACP President Ben Jealous and state NAACP President Rev. William Barber, including a photo of Barber being arrested last year while protesting the end of the school system's long-standing policy of busing for socioeconomic diversity policy.

Under the heading "INDOCTRINATION," the flier calls candidates Susan Evans, Kevin Hill, Christine Kushner, Jim Martin and Keith Sutton "radicals" and "liberal allies" of Jealous and Barber and accuses them of supporting forced busing, social engineering and quota systems in student assignment.

The Wake County Democratic Party endorsed the five candidates last month.

Gary Sims, deputy director of the Wake County Board of Elections, says his board received a complaint about the flier on Tuesday and that it was sent to the state elections board.

The state board is investigating to see if the flier violates any campaign finance laws or any other election-related laws, Sims said.

Sutton spoke out about the flier on Tuesday, accusing the school board's Republican-backed majority and "their tea party supporters" of "name calling, attacks and division" ahead of the Oct. 11 election.

He said the person who posted the flier to his Facebook page went by the username "Rino Hunter," a term tea party activists use to accuse Republican candidates of being "RINOs" – "Republicans In Name Only."

"I would hope that both members of the board majority and our opponents would denounce such tactics being used," Sutton said.

Hill said Wednesday that he believes the fliers are inappropriate. His opponent Heather Losurdo agrees. 

"I feel like it was a step out of what should be happening," Losurdo said. 

Fellow candidate Jennifer Mansfield said the race has "gotten too political." 

Both women said they have not seen any attacks against their campaigns. 

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Losurdo said she had a problem with a paper an overzealous supporter attached to her campaign flier. The paper called for a stop to the "liberal Obama-Perdue machine."

Going forward, Losurdo said she told volunteers not to add their opinions to her message. 

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  • donmar Sep 20, 2011

    It goes both ways!!!

  • Shamrock Sep 20, 2011

    This type of flier has no place in our public school system. Shameful!

  • Shamrock Sep 20, 2011

    "Oh well Wake Co will have neighborhood schools like the rest of NC soon."
    RM24

    Not so fast...heard of the blue plan?

  • RM24 Sep 15, 2011

    Oh well Wake Co will have neighborhood schools like the rest of NC soon.

  • RM24 Sep 15, 2011

    And they will, just like the RW-nutters called the "Tea Party" did when a Democrat moved into the White House?

    You are too funny.
    Scaramouche

    AGAIN what is a RW NUTTER? We allow some to call names but cant ask what a NUTTER is??????

  • Scaramouche Sep 15, 2011

    "You know how to make people on the left mad?...Just say Tea Party..."

    Na, makes them laugh till they pee themselves.

    "You know how to make people on the left say hateful things and call names?....Just say Balance the Budget..."

    You can do the same thing with the Right by saying "Universal Healthcare"

    "You know how to make the people on the left march and riot?....Republicans move into the White House and Republicans take back the Senate..."

    And they will, just like the RW-nutters called the "Tea Party" did when a Democrat moved into the White House?

    You are too funny.

  • geosol Sep 15, 2011

    So, you can see that if you're a little tea party whacko and you get caught doing something illegal, then you can screech about "free speech rights!!", but in the same breath you tell your little friends that its important to vote on taking away the Constitutional rights of gay people in North Carolina. Classic!!!

  • livinggood2 Sep 15, 2011

    You know how to make people on the left mad?...Just say Tea Party...You know how to make people on the left say hateful things and call names?....Just say Balance the Budget...You know how to make the people on the left march and riot?....Republicans move into the White House and Republicans take back the Senate...Go 2012 it`s Happenning !

  • mmtlash Sep 15, 2011

    so sad that ppl always resort to this (referring to the flier in question) type of thing as election time approaches....seems to bring out the worst in some folks

  • Screw WrAl Sep 15, 2011

    As for this "so called investigation", what a laugh, this election board can't do one single thing to anyone.

    Except stomp their foot, point their finger and say shame, shame, shame.

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