The post-election rhetoric about the Wake County school board election results is pretty high now.
As noted in today's article, commentators on the left are exuberant. Those on the right are unhappy.
One of the challenges facing the new Democratic board majority is trying to bridge the gap. Or will it be two years of fighting before the 2013 elections?
“There’s no magic wand that we can wave to get everybody on our bandwagon,” said Democratic school board member Keith Sutton. “Feelings are high right now.”
Republican board vice chairman John Tedesco said the ability for both sides to work together will depend on what the Democrats do. He said it will depend on whether the new majority wants to move Wake forward or go backward.
But Tedesco said that Wake voters already have some reason to wonder about what the new majority will be doing.
“If Rev. Barber, Rachel Maddow and The Huffington Post are praising the results, then the people of Wake County should be curious about why they’re uttering such praise,” Tedesco said.
But Tedesco said talk about pulling children out of the school system should be dialed down.
“I wouldn’t tell people to run from public education," Tedesco said. "Wake County schools will still be strong.”
Tedesco said a lot of good things have happened in the two years that he will work to protect.
Sutton said all the pessimistic talk about the change is "scare tactics."
Sutton said the Democrats will work to build the trust of the Republican board members and their supporters.
“We will have to demonstrate our ability to govern and lead,” Sutton said. “Over time we will win some people over.”
But no matter what they do, Sutton said some critics won't be won over.