School board candidate Cathy Truitt is standing by her assertion that board member Ron Margiotta asked her if she would support a motion to fire Wake Supt. Del Burns.
Truitt orginally made the statements during a Thursday school board candidate forum on WPTF, prompting Margiotta to call her remarks "an outright lie." But Truitt told N&O reporter Ray Martin that she has a witness.
"I had a friend of mine right there with me," Truitt said. "He did ask if I would support trying to get the Superintendent fired. He asked during his "vetting process", but it wasn't a big secret. I had heard about it before that. There are no secrets. I'm not sure why that was part of his questioning."
Margiotta stood by his remarks that he didn't ask Truitt about firing Burns. He said he today he has his own witnesses, Joe Ciulla and Joey Stansbury.
Margiotta said Stansbury had asked at the March meeting if he could record Truitt's answers. But Margiotta says she refused.
Margiotta said he took notes and they don't show that the question about Burns was asked.
Margiotta said that if the alleged question was so offensive, why did she ask to meet with him later to ask for his support? Below is the text of two e-mail messages that Margiotta says he exchanged with Truitt in June.
From: Ron Margiotta
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 7:20 AM
To: Cathy Truitt
Subject: Re: Cathy Truitt sends greetings and request to chat
Was out of town for a week + and am doing catch up, might want to do that when you are further along with your campaign.
From: Cathy Truitt
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2009 5:25 PM
Subject: Cathy Truitt sends greetings and request to chat
Is there a time you could meet and chat? I would like to get to know
you better, and I would like to share my campaign platform with you