Under the Dome

McCrory zings Spaulding — who welcomes the attention

Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign sent out a fundraising plea on Tuesday that singled out Democratic primary contender Ken Spaulding, a Durham attorney who has lagged far behind his Democratic primary opponent, Attorney General Roy Cooper, in campaign contributions.

McCrory’s email touted his expansion of charter schools and support of home schools.

“But while we're focused on helping students and families, Democrats like Ken Spaulding and special interest groups predictably have been attacking school choice both inside and outside the courtroom to selfishly advance their own power and motives,” McCrory said.

The missive didn’t mention Cooper. Spaulding said he welcomed the criticism.

“While Gov. Pat McCrory supports privatizing and weakening North Carolina's public schools at the taxpayers' expense I support strengthening our public schools through better funding and better teacher pay,” Spaulding said in an emailed response. “Taxpayer dollars being used for ‘private’ school vouchers is an admission by the governor that he wants to take children out of public schools instead of enhancing our public schools. We should make our public schools so competitive that private school children would be seeking to return to our public schools.

“The Governor's approach to public education is leading to the re-segregation of our public schools. So no, I will not stop fighting for our public schools and our school teachers. I will oppose the governor and any of his attempts to weaken North Carolina's public school system and the many young children who are being served.”