Liberal group questions Losurdo's resume

Heather Losurdo

November 2, 2011 8:48:15 AM PDT
A liberal group is once again challenging Wake County School Board candidate Heather Losurdo - this time questioning her resume.

The group Progress NC Action has targeted Losurdo in the past, claiming she's a Tea Party extremist and is wasting taxpayer money by asking for a runoff election Nov. 8 with incumbent Democrat Kevin Hill.

Now, PNCA is calling on Losurdo to release more information about her work history.

The "About Heather" section of Losurdo's campaign web site states that after she left the U.S. Air Force, she "began a career in small business banking where she was an Account Manager for First Union National Bank, overseeing all small business loans in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina equalling a portfolio of over $2 Billion."

But PNCA showed ABC11 documents it claims show Losurdo filed for personal bankruptcy while living in Colorado in 1994. The documents show she listed a business called Crescent City Cabaret - where she worked as a waitress - and the Air Force in her work history.

"How do you go from the Crescent City Cabaret, to a personal bankruptcy, into the Air Force, [and] a few years later you're overseeing all small business loans in North and South Carolina for a portfolio valued at 2 billion dollars? Does that make sense?" asked PNCA spokesperson Gerrick Brenner.

Brenner is calling for Losurdo to release her resume with references and HR records from her time with the bank.

"This is a question of credibility. Your work history matters and what you say about your work history matters," said Brenner.

Losurdo talked about PNCA's challenge with ABC11 Tuesday. She told us the group has introduced "Chicago style politics" into Wake County because it doesn't want to talk about the real issues.

"It's a lot of mudslinging, in my opinion, and in a lot of other people's opinions. And again, they don't want to talk to me, nor battle me, on the facts and the platform that I stand on and who I am right now and what I will do for the children and the families of Wake County," she said.

As for her work record, Losurdo stands by what's on her web site.

"I've never lied about anything, would never lie about anything," she said.

"Times were a little bit different. I think nowadays, you would have to have a college degree to get a job at a bank. It wasn't the case years ago," she continued.

As for Losurdo's opponent Kevin Hill? He's staying out of this one.

"I've always been taught not to judge others. So, I'm going to stick to what we have to offer the voters," he said.

(Editor's note: Gerrick Brenner is a former ABC11 reporter who left the station in 2010)

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