Normally I wouldn't write this kind of column on a local candidate for office right before the election they're in is decided. Folks would think, and understandably so, that I'm trying to throw the election against her.
But I'm making an exception here because a cardinal rule has been broken, something I don't, and WON'T accept.
When you criticize someone publicly, leave their children out of it! Since this trifling person can't follow that common rule of decency, I don't care what anybody thinks, I'm having my say!
On the News and Observer's Wake Ed blog this afternoon, I'm reading the comments by Miss V" (aka District 4 candidate Venita Peyton) pertaining to some controversy involving Supt. Tata and District 5 school board candidate Jim Martin, when all of a sudden, I see The Carolinian (the newspaper I work for) mentioned for some unrelated reason. Then I see my name, and read further.
Unlike Charlotte, which a Wake Superior Court judge charged with committing "academic genocide" on black children, Wake County had absolutely NO low performing schools, and NEVER has!
And the evergrowing student achievement success your Republican friends on the Wake School Board keep claiming as their own, actually began BEFORE they took office in 2009 (well fancy that)!
Now for "Miss V's" to reference my daughter in her criticism of me, just so she can make points with her GOP "friends" Ron Margiotta and John Tedesco, is low and disgusting, in my book. I fight for Southeast Raleigh and the black community EVERY week. And beyond the newspaper, work for which I am paid and rightfully so to support my family, I devote EVERY week towards working for my people and community WITHOUT pay in some varied capacity, because they have been so good to me for so many, many years.
If this were a church, I believe I'd have more than too many witnesses to confirm that fact!
So when you shamefully and pathetically use my eight-year-old daughter to demonstrate some kind of faux hypocrisy on my part, Miss V, you are showing me that you have no principles. Listening to you slander other people whom I know and work with, just because of your overheated longstanding hatred of Democrats who, in their infinite wisdom over a decade ago, refused to elect you Raleigh mayor (which is when your inflated ego had you turn your back on your community and endorse Jesse Helm's nephew, Paul Coble, for mayor, remember?), tells me that anything you can do to "hurt" the other side, even if it means joining forces with people who are actively trying to take the right to vote away from your community, you will.
And for the record, based on the people I spoke with at that candidates forum at Martin Street Baptist Church, both before you arrived, once the school board candidates were seated, and after it was all over, NO ONE KNEW you were coming at all, and were DEFINITELY surprised when you showed up.
The audience was never told by any of the organizers, and since the organizers NEVER told me, the moderator, or any of the candidates (since no chair was left open for you), I have to assume that they didn't know either.
And from what I could tell from the audience response to you, few, if any, were pleased that you even bothered to show up, since you chickened out from the previous Wake Up forums (the only candidate to do so).
And please, stop hiding behind that, "the parents and old folks couldn't make it" routine. The night you did show, there were plenty of parents and old folks there, or didn't you notice?
So cut the proverbial CRAP, Miss.V. Once you arrived, I did everything I could to treat you respectfully, giving you more time to answer and introduce yourself. In life, everybody has a reason why they're late when they are, so unless your dog died after he set fire to your home, late is late when you're asking voters to make a decision who is best to serve them. And given your selfish, egotistical pussy cat excuse for dodging the previous forum, the fact that folks cared that you showed up at all is a headliner in itself.
So if you want to come after me, fine, I've taken on bigger and much, much better.
But when you drag my young daughter into your political bullcrap, when she hasn't said or done ANYTHING against you (doesn't even know who your sorry butt is), then you've gone far beyond just lying about me.
Is THIS the kind of person the voters of District 4 should elect for the next four years?
That's their decision on Oct. 11th, but if I lived in the district (I do work and contribute there), you damn sure know what my answer would be!
UPDATE: Apparently Miss V has done this before. She noted in one of her b logs that Keith Sutton, who she is trying to unseat from District 4, also drives one of his daughters to school. Why is it necessary to use other people's children to score political points? Does she require that if you feed the hungry, you have to be hungry yourself? This is the nastiest brand of politics that is beneath what our community has come to expect!