In an email sent out Thursday, Wake County Republican chair Susan Bryat says Tedesco had to leave his job at Big Brothers and Big Sisters after he was elected because "liberals threatened to cut off funding for the organization unless he was fired."
"As a result, he fell behind in his mortgage payments and now faces foreclosure," said Bryat.
She also calls out WRAL-TV for "compound[ing] the tragedy by accusing him of fiscal mismanagement."
Tedesco is one of the members of the school board majority that voted to do away with Wake County's socioeconomic diversity policy in favor of sending students to schools closer to their homes.
Tedesco's school board job only pays about $11,000 a year.
"He lost his job because he was doing what we elected him to do. Why not show him your support by sending him a birthday card and gift to let him know how much we appreciate his sacrifice, and help him when he needs it the most," said Bryat.
Tedesco said Friday he's declining the money.