Wake County school board member Chris Malone's alleged affair with fellow school board member Debra Goldman is being used against him in his bid for the state House 35 seat.
In a new robocall today from the liberal Common Sense Matters, the group brings up the allegations raised in the 2010 police report about whether they had a romantic relationship and that Goldman named Malone as a suspect in the reported burglary of $130,000 from her home.
"With these kinds of distractions, it’s no wonder the schools screwed up student assignment plans and the bus schedule," says the robocall. "Don’t reward Malone’s unprofessional behavior by sending him to the state legislature."
Common Sense Matters is no stranger to Wake County.
Last year, the group spent more than $100,000 to defeat Republican school board candidates Heather Losurdo and Ron Margiotta. Much of the money last year came from a Dean Debnam led group.
This year, the group's third-quarter filing with the IRS said it had received $130,000 during the period, with $100,000 coming from the political action committee of the N,C. Association of Educators and $20,000 from America Votes Built to Win, a national coalition of liberal-leaning organizations.
Donors also include the N.C. League of Conservation Voters and N.C. Advocates for Justice.
For the 2012 cycle, Common Sense Matters has sent mailers to swing districts targeting first-term Republican senators and several House GOP members. They also sent this attack mailer that, according to this Eastern Wake News article, distorts the positions of Malone, a Republican running against Democrat Lori Millberg for the open seat.
Here's the transcript of the robocall:
“This weekend the News and Observer published a shocking story about Republican Chris Malone, a Wake school board member who is running for state legislature. Allegedly, Malone pursued a sexual relationship with another Wake County school board member, Debra Goldman. Later, Goldman told police she suspected Malone of stealing over one hundred thousand dollars’ worth of cash and jewelry from her house. With these kinds of distractions, it’s no wonder the schools screwed up student assignment plans and the bus schedule. Don’t reward Malone’s unprofessional behavior by sending him to the state legislature. Vote against Malone on November 6th. This call was paid for by Common Sense Matters, 919-789-1462, and not authorized by any party, candidate or committee.”