Richard Alexander's campaign has brought up the "prom queen" remark in its bid to defeat Tedesco in Tuesday's Republican Party runoff for state schools superintendent. The remark is an issue considering that Goldman is the GOP nominee for state auditor.
In addition to calling her a "prom queen," right after the Oct. 5, 2010 board vote in which Goldman killed the plan to divide Wake into assignment zones, Tedesco publicly told her that their friendship was over. But Tedesco, who publicly apologized to Goldman, says they've patched things up and are friends again.
Tedesco says he's still often asked during his superintendent run about the "prom queen" remark. One of his responses became part of this announcement last Friday from the Asheville Tea Party PAC backing Tedesco in the runoff.
"Another one of Richard Alexander’s charges came from an incident two years ago with Debra Goldman," says the ATPAC release.
This came from a contentious meeting that occurred after months of NAACP protests and years of fighting to end the forced busing and social engineering schemes of the liberals on the board. In that meeting one of the elected Republicans voted with the Democrats to effectively end our then efforts to create neighborhood schools. This triggered an inappropriate response to Debra. John thought she was wrong at the time on the issue and he admits he was wrong at the time in his reaction to her. He acknowledged it quickly and apologized to her and the community publicly on radio and TV. No such action has happened since.
He and Debra are friends. They have accomplished much together.
They have long put this behind them. Since then Debra routinely says they are like brother and sister with occasional spats but remain very close. They visit each others homes. When she was injured in a car accident John was one of the first at the hospital with her. John and his wife, Jennie, have double dated. Debra attended their wedding. She has been an encouragement to John on the campaign trail, talking probably a couple of times a week."