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Robocall targets Wake County school board member Chris Malone's alleged affair with Debra Goldman

Wake County school board member Chris Malone's alleged affair with fellow school board member Debra Goldman is being used against him in his bid for the state House 35 seat.

In a new robocall today from the liberal Common Sense Matters, the group brings up the allegations raised in the 2010 police report about whether they had a romantic relationship and that Goldman named Malone as a suspect in the reported burglary of $130,000 from her home.

"With these kinds of distractions, it’s no wonder the schools screwed up student assignment plans and the bus schedule," says the robocall. "Don’t reward Malone’s unprofessional behavior by sending him to the state legislature."

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Cary police acknowledging authenticity of leaked police report on Wake County school board members

Cary police are confirming the authenticity of a 2010 police report leaked to the media that details allegations Wake County school board member Debra Goldman made against fellow board member Chris Malone.

In a written statement Tuesday, Police Chief Pat Bazemore said the narrative report provided to the News & Observer last week by an unknown source "does appear to be a copy of our police report." In the report, Goldman named Malone as a suspect in a 2010 burglary reported at her home and both board members gave conflicting statements about whether they had a romantic relationship.

Bazemore said she has launched an investigation "to determine how the media could have gained access to information that is not public record." Under state law, police are not obligated to release such narratives, which contain the notes of investigators, but are not prohibited from doing so.

1351023531 Cary police acknowledging authenticity of leaked police report on Wake County school board members The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Perry Woods demanding Wake County school board member Debra Goldman retract her "defamatory statements"

Political consultant Perry Woods is demanding that Wake County school board member Debra Goldman retract statements she made to Cary police in 2010 suggesting that he broke into her car during a 2009 appearance at the studios of WPTF.

In this letter dated today, Woods' attorney, Jack Nichols, demands Goldman write an apology and issue a retraction for all the "defamatory statements" in the police report because they are "false and slanderous." Nichols warns that unless the apology and retraction are published by Nov. 1 they may file a lawsuit against Goldman.

In an interview Monday on the Bill LuMaye Show on WPTF, Woods denied he had anything to do with the break in of Goldman's car. LuMaye said Woods was in the studio during the whole debate and "would never" break into a person's car.

1351011060 Perry Woods demanding Wake County school board member Debra Goldman retract her "defamatory statements" The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Debra Goldman-Chris Malone story becoming state gubernatorial issue

The controversy over Wake County school board member Debra Goldman's 2010 police statements about fellow board member Chris Malone are turning into a statewide issue.

As noted in today's article, both major North Carolina gubernatorial candidates are speaking out about Goldman, the GOP candidate for state auditor. Republican candidate Pat McCrory is defending Goldman while Democratic candidate Walter Dalton is accusing McCrory of overlooking "Republican scandals."

In addition, state Republican officials are still publicly backing Goldman while behind the scenes distancing themselves from her.

Wake County school board member Debra Goldman charges that N&O trying to "derail" her campaign for state auditor

Wake County school board member Debra Goldman is going with an attack the messenger response to the coverage of the 2010 police report about her and board member Chris Malone.

Goldman broke her silence by issuing a statement today in which she charged the coverage "only serves to continue the newspaper’s history of attacks on me and my family" and is designed to "derail" her campaign for state auditor. She doesn't respond to any of the statements in the report or the story.

Here's Goldman's statement:

1350931001 Wake County school board member Debra Goldman charges that N&O trying to "derail" her campaign for state auditor The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Wake County school board member Chris Malone says he's "moved past" controversy with Debra Goldman

Wake County school board member Chris Malone is breaking his silence about the recent N&O stories on the 2010 incident involving him and fellow board member Debra Goldman.

In an interview today,  Malone said his attorneys advised him not to comment on the N&O story or details of the police report where he was implicated by Goldman as a burglary suspect and they gave conflicting statements about whether they had a romantic relationship. But Malone reaffirmed his intent to run and win the election for the state House 35 seat.

"There's no reason to drop out. I've already moved past it," Malone said. "I have faith that my constituents know who I am and why I'm running, so I'm just going to keep campaigning."

Goldman still has not returned calls requesting comment on the issue.

1350925916 Wake County school board member Chris Malone says he's "moved past" controversy with Debra Goldman The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Looking at Wake County school board member Debra Goldman's many calls to Cary police

The report of a burglary in her home in June 2010 was far from the only time that Wake County school board member Debra Goldman and her family have called police over the last few years.

As noted in today's article by Anne Blythe, Goldman and her family were involved in at least three dozen incidents since January 2010 that have required assistance from or investigation by Cary police. Their reports have involved fears of theft, intruders and domestic disputes.

Pat Bazemore, chief of the Cary police department, said Sunday that it is her philosophy that public officials in her bailiwick are treated the same as others. Bazemore could not say whether the number of encounters with the Goldmans was large, average or small.

Discussing the implications of the controversy involving Wake County school board members Debra Goldman and Chris Malone

How much political fallout will there be over the publicity about Wake County school board member Debra Goldman naming board member Chris Malone as a suspect in a burglary she reported in 2010 and the conflicting statements they gave about their relationship?

As noted in today's article, the two face consequences in how it will affect their campaigns for state office. They also face consequences about how the controversy will affect them on the school board, especially if they don't win their elections next month.

As Andy Taylor, an N.C. State University political professor noted, people aren't talking now about the firing of Superintendent Tony Tata.

1350900063 Discussing the implications of the controversy involving Wake County school board members Debra Goldman and Chris Malone The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Detailing the statements that Wake County school board members Debra Goldman and Chris Malone made to Cary police

It's not every day that one elected official accuses another of potentially committing a felony and then both tell police about their relationship.

As noted in today's article, a Cary police report shows that Wake County school board member Debra Goldman reported in June 2010 that $130,000 was stolen from her home and that she named board member Chris Malone as a potential suspect.

Malone was able to satisfy investigators that he didn't commit the burglary. In the process, both board members gave conflicting statements about whether they had a romantic relationship.

1350824733 Detailing the statements that Wake County school board members Debra Goldman and Chris Malone made to Cary police The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Wake County school board members raise concerns about CTE high school

Plans for the Wake County school system's first career and technical education high school are going forward, but school board members have some questions.

The board voted Tuesday night to approve an interlocal agreement requesting the Wake County Board of Commissioners to lease, renovate and purchase the former Coca-Cola bottling facility at 2200 South Wilmington Street in South Raleigh.

But some board members are worried that the program they initially backed to offer options for students who don't want to go to college has turned into more of an early college concept. In addition, board members are also uncertain about what grades should be offered at the school.

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