Wake school board candidate called Tea Party extremist

Heather Losurdo

September 22, 2011 4:14:05 PM PDT
A Wake County school board candidate is under fire and being called a Tea Party extremist.

With a tiara on her head, Wake County Board of Education District 3 candidate Heather Losurdo is being called the "Queen of Extreme" by the Liberal-leaning Progress North Carolina.

The group says she's a Tea Party extremist and point to comments she's made on Facebook. She "liked" and laughed about her husband posting a picture of a skunk as the new symbol for President Barack Obama with the comment that "it's half black, half white and everything it does stinks."

"Was it in poor taste, yes, it was a lighthearted humor and was nothing more than that," Losurdo said in reference to the comment. "Was that in poor taste? Yes."

When asked how she thought the parents of African American students may receive the comment, she replied "I'm sorry if they take it any other way. It has nothing to do with race. I have my opinions of the President, and the last time I looked, it was okay to have my opinion."

Losurdo also posted video from Zo Nation and a rant about illegal immigration.

"I would like our borders controlled," she said. "I don't agree with illegal immigration on that note. The children here in Wake County are the responsibility of us, the adults, especially me as a school board member."

Another video posted is from Herman Cain, the Republican presidential candidate, saying he would not have Muslims in his cabinet.

"I posted it as information," Losurdo said.

ABC11 asked, "Can you work with Muslims, are you willing to work with Muslims?"

"I can work with anybody and I'm willing to work with anybody," Losurdo replied.

There's also her campaign ad on American Thinker that is located next to an article titled "Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American." She says she has no control where the online ads popup but will contact the site to have it removed.

Former ABC11 reporter Gerrick Brenner is the executive director of Progress NC, the group that launched the Queen of Extreme information.

"The comments are divisive, strident and extreme, and I think people should digest this when they decide who to vote for," Brenner said. "We're not telling people who to vote for. We're not telling people how to vote, but this is information that people should take into consideration."

Losurdo calls the website unfair and unfortunate.

"I think it is a shame that people who disagree with my values have chosen to attack me personally," she said. "I'm concerned about every child's education in Wake County, and I believe that we as adults can do as a better job for them."

While Progress NC is mostly supported by Democrats, the group says it did not launch the website against Losurdo because she's Republican. Losurdo says she hopes people in District 3 recognize that she's a mother who wants to improve the school system for all children.

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