Bill LuMaye is warning that the Wake County school board election results means more prison cells will be needed and school board candidate Heather Losurdo wants you to cancel your subscription to The News & Observer.
"Hey congratulations Wake County," LuMaye said on his show today on WPTF. "You've decided on a jobs program. That's right. As you know, the Department of Corrections looks at fourth-grade reading scores in order to build prison cells.
So in the future, based on your voting this past month or so, more Correction officers are going to be needed so you may want to apply right now. Do I sound bitter? No, I'm really not."
As noted in this September piece by Fayetteville Observer columnist Myron B. Pitts, this claim that reading scores are used to project prison beds isn't true.
Back to the show, where the conservative talk show host then welcomed Losurdo on air.
LuMaye asked Losurdo, who he said "deserves a big thank you," whether it was worth it to run for school board.
"Yeah, I think so," Losurdo answered. "Do I like everything that happened, not myself, my family got put through? Absolutely not.
But you know what, I hung with them and I'm very proud of how we ended up. I wish it would have turned out differently, the results. But it's not. We are where we are. We just need to keep moving forward."
LuMaye asked Losurdo if she would consider running for school board again in the future.
"You know I haven't really thought about it, but Bill I don't have one skeleton left in my closet. There will be no surprises," Losurdo said to laughs from LuMaye. "I don't know.
The support I've had, I've never felt anything like that in my life. It was truly amazing. It still is. I will remember every single person, every single email. I got cards in the mail thanking me profusely for sticking with it. And you know what, I've always been a servant and so who knows what the future holds."
LuMaye asked Losurdo if she will still be active in the school system.
"Oh certainly," Losurdo answered. "You now, we need to hold these people accountable. I think there were a lot of mistruths told in the last couple of months and hopefully these folks will stick to their word. But unless we hold them accountable, they can do whatever they want."
LuMaye, who was an outspoken supporter of Losurdo, told her "the smear campaign against you was something, especially for a local school board race."
"If I may make the recommendation that anyone that has a subscription to The News & Observer, call and cancel it today," said Losurdo as she interrupted LuMaye. "That would be something that would make me very happy. I'm doing that and the rag, the trash they put out, that hit piece on me was utterly ridiculous.
There was no factual evidence to anything that they printed. Almost an entire page of just complete smear against me and they took it upon themselves to print it in black and white and I'm appalled."
"I am too and I don't know bow you compete against the newspaper or some of the other liberal media outlets," LuMaye added.
(I'm not going to dwell on it here, but I disagree with Losurdo and LuMaye on their view of the article.)
LuMaye said that they need people to run but that, based on what happened to Losurdo, they would be "very frightened." He asked what she would say to those possible candidates.
"I say take 'em on," Losurdo answered. "You know, I don't think any of us have a past that we're proud of every single moment, every single thing we've ever done and we need to recognize that everybody else is in the same boat, not exactly the same circumstances, but we've all got those skeletons in the closet.
And I've talked to many people that say, 'I would never run for public office because I did x, y and z when I was 20.' And that's just a darn shame because none of us is the same person we were 20 years ago. If we are, that's a shame. But I don't think many of us are.
We learn from our mistakes and grow and, you know, hopefully become better people. And I hope this does not too much deter women, especially conservative women, from continuing the fight."