In an e-mail message today to Democrats, Wake County Democratic Party Chairman Mack Paul writes that "if Heather Losurdo wins, it means John Tedesco ascends to the chairmanship of the Wake County School Board."
In writing about what Tedesco's elevation to chair would mean, Paul rips into Tedesco for his Tea Party remarks about "bringing conservative values to education.” Paul also brings up Stephen Colbert's satirical attack on Tedesco on Comedy Central.
"Stephen Colbert best captured Mr. Tedesco’s vision for Wake County: 'take a successful school system, concentrate the poorest children into a handful of schools, and then allocate extra resources to address the problem created by this approach.'" Paul writes. "In other words, he believes that only by breaking the school system can we fix it.
Countless community leaders across the political spectrum disagree. They worked tirelessly for decades to make Wake County schools among the best in the country. The system is not perfect. There is always room for improvement, but no one expected the 2009 school board election to be a mandate to dismantle the entire system."
Colbert's blast at Tedesco was based on his comments in this often-cited January Washington Post article. Tedesco has argued since the story ran that his statements were taken out of context by the Post.
If Losurdo wins, Tedesco would be the most likely of the five Republicans to take over the chairmanship from the ousted Ron Margiotta.