The Wake County Republican Party is now also 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 press release Wednesday, Wake GOP Chairwoman Donna Williams says that Calabria should “renounce his support” 10 years ago for UNC’s Department of African and Afro-American Studies. Back when Calabria was running for UNC student body president in 2004, he had praised the AFAM undergraduate program and said it should be made a doctorate program.
Now Williams and conservative activist Joey Stansbury are using that support against Calabria, citing how the Wainstein Report last week said the AFAM program was used by academic counselors for 18 years to keep athletes eligible by pushing them into a system of no-show “paper” classes.
“Knowing what was going on while Calabria was there and how hard he campaigned to expand and elevate the AFAM program which we now know was a sham, we question Mr. Calabria’s judgment,” Williams says in the press release. “The citizens of Wake County deserve better than this. We need responsible, proven leadership on the Board of Commissioners and that is why are asking all Wake County voters to re-elect Phil Matthews.”
This new press release comes a day after Williams had demanded Tuesday that Democratic candidate John Burns apologize for sarcastic Tweets opposing a travel ban on Ebola-impacted countries.