North Carolina Democrats are again criticizing the Wake County school board majority in hopes of bringing out local Dems to the polls this year.
As noted in Sunday's article by Rob Christensen, the school board's shift from the diversity policy was brought up more than once at this year's Jefferson-Jackson Day fundraising events. David Young chairman of the state Democratic Party, and Gov. Bev Perude both lobbed shots at the Wake school board.
Young said Saturday that the Republican-backed majority on the Wake County Board of Education "want to go back to Pleasantville in the 1950s."
Earlier this month, Young had announced the state Democratic Party's "You fight, we'll fight" campaign. Young had called for volunteers who would agree to pledge 10,000 hours of "phone banking and canvassing to elect county and state officials who will hold true to diversity policies."
Young's call to arms comes after Republicans worked so hard last year to elect members of the new school board majority.
Perdue weighed in as well on Saturday, which brought together the leaders of the party.
"I want you to talk to your neighbors, and I want you tell them what is happening in the Wake County public schools," Perdue said. "And I want you to ask your neighbors if they think that is the template for success in the 21st century. I don't."
Perdue's remarks cone not too long after school board member John Tedesco had criticized the governor at the April 15 Tea Party rally.
Tedesco had mocked Perdue for saying the efforts of the new board majority was one of the most disheartening things she had seen in her first year in office. He said Perdue had complained about how powerless she felt to do anything about Wake.
"Thank God there's one thing she can't get her hands into anymore," Tedesco told the cheering crowd.
Tedesco also said Perdue should be focusing on the economy and not complaining about the Wake school board.
"You're supposed to be the leader of this state and you're not taking care of the issues we need you to take care of," Tedesco said of Perdue. "You need to get your priorities straight."