Here's more on the fight between school board candidate Cathy Truitt and school board member Ron Margiotta.
Debra McHenry has submitted a letter to the editor saying that there's a witness to Truitt's statements about Margiotta asking her if she'd support firing Supt. Del Burns. For background, McHenry unsuccessfully ran against Horace Tart for the District 2 school board seat in 2005.
Most of McHenry's letter is focused on attacking Margiotta, the Wake Schools Community Alliance and District 2 candidate John Tedesco. For instance, she says Margiotta told Truitt he has no vision for the children of the school system.
McHenry's letter amplifies on the assertions in Truitt's ad that Tedesco would be a pawn of Margiotta and western Wake.
Here's McHenry's letter:
Although it is not something I normally do, I felt compelled to write regarding the reporting on Ms. Truitt and Mr. Margiotta. Cathy's statements are true and she does have a witness to them. However as she has said, Ron, Keith Weatherly and others have stated in public meetings that what we really need is more people like Ron Margiotta, people who will follow Ron.
The emails shown by Mr. Margiotta are the ones requesting a meeting (THE meeting she is talking about) in which she wanted to discuss with him what being a school board member entailed as she was CONSIDERING whether to run for office. That is why she went. Upon getting to the meeting she found herself "being vetted" by him. When asked what his vision was for children in WCPSS, he said he guessed he had none. That is who the Alliance is looking up to as their hero. Let me say that I believe that many of them are innocently looking for him to make this BIG change they are looking for in the system.
People meet with others for many reasons. WE all would do well to remember what ASSUMeing does to us. Cathy had her reasons for each of her meetings. Many assumptions are being thrown out there about her actions. However, no one has taken the time to ask her. Could it be because they only want to throw slime?
Some people from the Alliance like to tell how they know so much and how they know what is best for all of us in Wake County. Problem is the "problem" looks and feels different in each district and one simple answer does not fill all. There are complicated issues which underlie the "problem" and it will take the school board, the county commissioners and municipalities to bring about a meaningful change.
I encourage everyone to look at where the funds are coming from to support John Tedesco in his bid for office. Not from District 2, but from Western Wake County. All one has to do is check his campaign reports. So it is obvious in District 2 what is going on, but it is playing out in just the same way in all districts. All the candidates supported by the Republicans were vetted by Ron. Those same candidates were supported by the Alliance. Therefore, they all had to take the same allegiance. Having attended many board work sessions and meetings, Ron says nothing about anything unless it has to do with bringing in poor students to schools in his area.
I would encourage everyone to do some real research in their district to be sure what you are getting for your vote. Is it good for you and your district or good for Ron and his district's agenda? I would challenge the papers to do investigative journalism as they are suppose to do to inform their viewers. Where are they in looking at campaign contributions, backgrounds of these candidates, allegiances that they had to take for endorsements and reporting on them? Where is the reports on voting record, attendance at work sessions, etc on incumbents? You reported on these Alliance meetings, where was the reporting of what these elected officials said? This is an important election and where are you? Build on the truth that has come out in district 2 so that all districts can know who is actually pushing the candidate and agenda for their district. We will be glad to share the data we have with anyone. Our system may need change, but change that benefits all districts and all children, not one district, some children and one person.
It is easy to throw darts when someone puts themselves out there. All people have to do is just check the facts. I have no interest in the back and forth rantings. Just thought it was time that someone spoke up for the truth. And not the kind of truth that is in the eye of the beholder. Actual factual truth which can be backed up with facts and witnesses.
CORRECTED STATEMENT ABOUT MCHENRY HAVING ATTENDED MEETING