Progress NC Action is hailing tonight's re-election victory by Wake County school board member Kevin Hill as a rejection of Tea Party extremism.
Here's the liberal advocacy group's press release:
For Immediate Release
November 8, 2011
Voters Choose Experience Over Tea Party Ideology
A statement from Progress NC ACTION
RALEIGH -- A statement from Gerrick Brenner, Executive Director of Progress NC ACTION, in response to tonight’s election results:
"Progress NC ACTION hopes that the results of this school board run-off force an end to a disturbing trend of candidates chosen based on ideology, rather than qualifications for office. If the gridlock in Washington and elsewhere tells us anything, it's that we need proven, qualified leaders who are willing to work for consensus.
"The Wake County GOP and the local Tea Party chose a candidate who brought few qualifications to the table and offered little to the debate other than ideology and rhetoric. Thankfully, Wake County voters today rejected that kind of politics in favor of a highly-qualified candidate whose priority is to serve students and families and build consensus.
"In the coming months, we hope North Carolina and Wake County will continue to reject the Tea Party extremism that the former Wake County School Board came to embody."