Losurdo re-affirms work history

November 5, 2011 5:11:25 AM PDT
Wake County school board candidate Heather Losurdo came out swinging Friday against a liberal group that's challenged her work record.

The group Progress NC Action, and spokesperson Gerrick Brenner, provided media outlets, including ABC11, with Losurdo's bankruptcy records and said it doubted a biography on her web site that said she worked as an account manager for First Union National Bank, overseeing all small business loans in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina equaling a portfolio of over $2 billion.

At a news conference Friday evening, Losurdo blasted what she called "smear tactics," and said she had located her old boss at First Union who verified her work history.

"He completely confirmed my employment, title, and duties," said Losurdo.

"I believe an apology from certain people would be the honorable thing to do," she continued.

Losurdo said her old boss left the bank 12 years ago, and it took a while to track him down.

Earlier this week, Progress NC also pointed to a section in Losurdo's financial records that showed she worked at one time for a business in New Orleans called Crescent City Cabaret.

Losurdo said Friday she worked as a waitress there for two months and was fully clothed.

In a statement emailed to media outlets Friday evening, Progress NC Action called Losurdo's news conference an "attempt to mislead voters."

It claimed her title at First Union of "Small Business Bank Division Risk Management Servicing Specialist" didn't make her a manager as she's said.

Losurdo's opponent Kevin Hill has stayed out of the controversy. They face each other in a runoff election Tuesday.

Both sides have said they'd prefer if third party groups would stay out of the race.

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

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