A conservative activist is trying to link Matt Calabria, a Democratic candidate for the Wake County Board of Commissioners, to the fallout from the athletic and academic misconduct at UNC-Chapel Hill.
In a Monday press release, Joey Stansbury of the Wake Citizens Coalition points to how Calabria had said in his 2004 campaign for UNC Student Body President that he “as his first act in office, will seek to lay the groundwork for the creation of a doctorate program in African and Afro-American Studies.” Calabria had said creating the doctorate program would “put the capstone on this successful program.”
It’s the same African and Afro-American Studies program that the Wainstein Report last week said was used by academic counselors for 18 years to keep athletes eligible by pushing them into a system of no-show “paper” classes.
“Wainstein soberly reported the sham that the Department of African and Afro-American Studies is,” Stansbury says in the press release. “Matt Calabria used it for his personal political advancement.
Now Matt Calabria wants to lecture others about educational excellence in Wake County. Maybe Matt should spend a little more time in Wake County beyond the few brief years he's been here. He might actually learn something.”
Calabria is running against Phil Matthews, the incumbent Republican chairman of the board of commissioners.
Since the outcome of the county commission races will have a major impact on the school system, the blog will focus more on the election over the next week. With Republicans holding a 4-3 majority and all four GOP seats on the ballot, a single Democratic victory would tip the balance of power.