The Wake County Democratic Party is accusing the GOP of hypocrisy for attacking county commission candidate John Burns for paying his car taxes late when Commissioner Phil Matthews also has a history of late payments.
In a press release Saturday, Wake County Republican Party Chairwoman Donna Williams charged that Burns, a Democrat, “has a pattern of irresponsibility” because he’d paid his car taxes late 22 times since 2001. In a response Saturday afternoon, Wake County Democratic Party Caucus Director Perry Woods countered that Matthews, the Republican chairman of the board, had paid his car taxes late 25 times since 2003.
“In another sign of desperation, the Wake GOP is grasping at straws with a hypocritical attack,” Woods said in the statement. “Their own Commissioner Phil Matthews likes to talk about taxes, but has been late paying his car taxes 25 times over the past eleven years. How can the Wake GOP ‘trust’ Mr. Matthews with the budget after complaining about Mr. Burns?
This is just another attempt to distract from the GOP majority’s failed record, including raising their own pay nearly five times what they raised teacher pay. If the Wake GOP had done their homework, they would know this election is about education and our future, not when candidates pay car taxes.”
In an interview Saturday afternoon, Matthews said he was surprised by the charges about his tax record.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Matthews said. “I’ve paid my taxes on time as a commissioner.”
But county records show that Matthews, a commissioner since 2010, has been late between several days and several months paying tax bills on various vehicles between 2003 and 2013.
Matthews is running against Democrat Matt Calabria. Burns is running against Republican Paul Coble.