Critics of the new Wake County school board majority and conservative businessman Art Pope struck the state GOP headquarters today.
A banner was hung up this afternoon in front of the building which read “POPE BOUGHT THIS BUILDING, POPE BOUGHT THE BOARD, 3/23: DO NOT BUY IT." The banner has since been removed.
Critics of the new school board majority have increasingly argued that Pope "bought" the school board through his campaign donations to the county GOP and his support of conservative groups such as Americans for Prosperity, Civitas Institute and the John Locke Foundation.
A press release about the banner from a group using the e-mail address of email@example.com also takes aim at school board chairman Ron Margiotta for being on the board of the Thales Academy, a private school in Apex. It says that Pope "has bought [Margiotta] the power to make decisions regarding our PUBLIC education system."
"Art Pope must be stopped from buying our children's futures and destroy our education system in the name of for-profit private institutions," according to the press release. "While money may buy a school board election, money absolutely CAN NOT be allowed to buy our future."
Tom Fetzer, chairman of the state GOP, called it a "sophomoric attempt to gain attention."
"If they want to get attention for juvenile behavior, let them have at it," Fetzer said in an interview this evening. "This a serious issue and it calls for serious debate."