Durham County Republicans have repeated their call for Democrat Fred Foster (below) to withdraw from his candidacy for the Board of Commissioners, after finding new documentation about Foster's departure from a county job in 1990.
The GOP claimed a decision by the state Personnel Commission, upholding the conclusion that Durham County had just cause to fire Foster, contradicted comments Foster made in response to the Republicans' original statements.
“The facts show,” the Republicans' statement said, “that Mr. Foster, through his bad actions and serial deceptions, lacks the character and integrity to be considered for any public office.”
Foster won a Democratic nomination for the county board in the May primary, and is under consideration to take over the seat of resigned Commissioner Joe Bowser. The remaining commissioners are expected to elect Bowser’s replacement at their Monday meeting.
Foster resigned an administrative position after receiving a letter of dismissal due to his working a second job on county time and sending personal mail at county expense. Last week, he said he still contests the commission's findings, and that he knew of no further state report on the matter
On Thursday, the Durham GOP issued its second statement, along with a statement by the Personnel Commission that it had adopted the earlier findings and concurred that Durham County had proper cause for dismissing Foster.