The headliner at a Wake GOP fund raiser Saturday night is Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who is scheduled to speak at a dinner at the State Fairgrounds, Rob Christensen reports. McDonnell, a Republican who was elected last November, made headlines in recent weeks when he declared Confederate History Month in Virginia without mentioning slavery.
That drew so much criticism that McDonnell issued a statement saying "the failure to include any reference to to slavery was a mistake, and for that I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended or disappointed."
The Wake County Republican Party played a major role in the election of a new majority of the Wake County school board last fall. The new board has adopted a reassignment plan that emphasizes neighborhood schools over busing to achieve racial or economic diversity. Critics have said it will lead to resegregation of the schools.
The 7 p.m. dinner is designed to raise money for the county party. Tickets cost $100 per person, $180 per couple, with special sponsorships ranging up to $1,000.