Democratic pollster Dean Debnam of Public Policy Polling is behind a new TV ad criticizing the neighborhood school candidates in the heated race for Wake County School Board.
Debnam, who owns the Democratic polling firm, said he formed Wake Citizens for Good Government to counter what he called Republican "lies" about the school system, T. Keung Hui reports on his WakeEd blog.
He said his ad was not done in coordination with any candidates. Debnam said his company has been doing polling in the school board districts. But he said the data was for internal use and not as a public poll.
Here is the text of the ad.
(Ad opens showing a copy of a Wake County property tax bill.)
"The Wake County school board races this year may determine whether your property taxes go up. These candidates claim they want neighborhood schools. But their plan was tried in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and now they're spending millions trying to save failing schools.
A vote for Debra Goldman, Chris Malone and Deborah Prickett is a vote for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg plan: failing schools that cost millions more and higher property taxes. Vote against Goldman, Malone and Prickett.
Paid for by Wake Citizens For Good Government. Jacqueline Esslinger, Treasurer."