The leading Republican candidate for state superintendent, John Tedesco, is promoting a campaign video unlike any other this election season.
The two-and-a-half-minute Web production -- set to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" -- is equal parts humorous and questionable. Tedesco, a controversial Wake County school board member, uses unsourced quotes about his tenure to promote himself as a fighter as a photo slideshow rotates in the background. More than once Tedesco juxtaposes himself against state NAACP President Rev. William Barber.
He also prominently shows a headline from a News & Observer story that apparently says "Tedesco's the one." The problem is he cropped the photo to cut the first half of the headline, which reads in full "It takes forever: Tedesco's the one."
The story actually is far from glamorous. It discusses the 56 rounds of voting it took for the Wake County school board to approve him as vice chairman, a move that showed great discord among the Republican majority.