Consultant says firing may launch Senate bid for Tata

rob.christensen@newsobserver.comSeptember 28, 2012 

Veteran Democratic consultant Gary Pearce believes the Democratic majority on the Wake County Board of Education made a major misstep in firing superintendent Tony Tata and may have even launched him in a Senate bid in 2014.

"Even strong Democrats believe the Wake school board flunked this test," Pearce writes in his blog, Talking About Politics. "The board majority may have done the right thing, but they sure did it the wrong way. And Democrats may pay the price. It was a mistake to fire Tony Tata without first setting out a bill of particulars. You can't fire a superintendent, then refuse to say why because 'it's a personnel matter.'

"Board members finally began explaining themselves today. That was a day late. They gave the public stage over to their Republican critics yesterday. At the start of the evening news broadcasts, no less.

"John Tedesco, Paul Coble & Co. were happy to take the stage. Tedesco may be the big winner here. He may stir up enough votes in Wake County to get elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Coble now has an excuse not to give the schools more money. And Tata gets a years' pay so he can start (some critics theorize) running against Senator Kay Hagan in 2014. But keep one thing in mind. This board didn't do what Tedesco's board did. His crowd forced Tata's predecessor out immediately. This board gave Tata a chance. But Tedesco and his colleagues are shocked, shocked."

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