In the GOP's Elephant Express e-newsletter sent out today, Bryant relates the phone conversation she had with Mansfield earlier this year about the party's endorsement in the District 3 race. Bryant said Mansfield told her she was a registered unaffiliated voter who "leaned more to the Democrat Party" and "really felt more comfortable with many Democrat issues" while also being "a strong advocate for neighborhood schools."
Bryant writes that she told Mansfield they "would be happy to consider her if she would change her voter registration" to Republican. But Bryant writes that Mansfield "immediately responded she would not do that, and I thanked her for calling."
Bryant writes that she felt the need to explain what happened because Mansfield is talking about not having gotten the GOP endorsement. Bryant writes that "this is true."
"We don’t plan to endorse anyone who 'leans' more Democrat than Republican," Bryant writes. "In fact we don’t plan to endorse anyone who is not a Registered Republican. We don’t need 'pretend' unaffiliateds. We want and will have Registered Republicans as our endorsed candidates."
The GOP did endorse an unaffiliated voter in the District 7 race in 2009. But that's only because their initial choice, Jerry Ballan, withdrew from the race so they changed their endorsement to Deborah Prickett, who registered as a Republican after the election.
Bryant writes that they won't begin the endorsement process until the filing period closes. But it's expected they'll endorse Heather Losurdo, the former head of the Northern Wake Republican Club.
"You can rest assured the Wake GOP endorsement will carry great weight, and won’t be given without careful thought AND Republican Registration for those candidates," Bryant writes.
During the newsletter, Bryant also gets in a dig at the old school board for having scheduled classes for year-round students on Memorial Day in 2009.
"And, as we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, we are reminded of the previous Wake County School Board who kept our children in school on this important holiday so the teachers could get the day before Thanksgiving off," Bryant writes. "Thank goodness we elected common sense Republicans to the School Board who understand how important the Day of Memory is for all of us…when we have a chance to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our nation free. Let us make sure our children join all of us in honoring our fallen servicemen and servicewomen."