Does the drawn-out vote to elect a new Wake County school board vice chair on Tuesday signal a start to restoring unity among the Republican board members?
That's the hope coming from supporters of the GOP board majority and from at least some of the board members. They're focusing on the hug that outgoing board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman gave to incoming vice chairman John Tedesco after she finally voted for him after 56 rounds of balloting.
"It took a bunch of ballots to accomplish the latter election (of vice chairman), but the pictures on the tv news told the real story as previous chair Debra Goldman and John Tedesco hugged," said Wake County GOP Chairwoman Susan Bryant in Wednesday's issue of the Elephant Express newsletter. "It’s nice to see the united Republican team in action! Congratulations to all the Republican School Board members! Now we need to elect Heather Losurdo this Fall to join this distinguished group!"
In a blog post Wednesday for the conservative Civitas Institute, Bob Luebke writes about the vice chair vote.
"I’m not going to waste any time detailing the obvious splits on the board …" Luebke writes. "Suffice it to say it’s ironic how that final vote may help to heal one the board’s biggest rifts. … I guess a lot can happen after fifty-six ballots…"
Tedesco is also singing an optimistic tune about what Tuesday's vote could mean for the unity of the board majority.
"What you're going to see coming out of this is a stronger Republican team," Tedesco said in an interview Wednesday.