The Republican candidates for state superintendent are clearly delineated on one major issue: whether the post should be elected or appointed. John Tedesco, a Wake County school board member, says elected. His rival, Richard Alexander, a special education teacher, says appointed.
Tedesco bashed Alexander in a YouTube video, saying he is promoting the "Perdue-Alexander agenda." (The Gov. Bev Perdue reference recalls her effort to give greater powers to the chairman of the State Board of Education, essentially nullifying the elected superintendent -- a cause she lost in the courts.)
But in hitting his rival, Tedesco also strikes Republican gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory -- who believes the superintendent should be an appointed position.
Awkward. On the campaign trail, Tedesco refers to McCrory as "my friend Pat" (without even mentioning his last name) and Tedesco's Facebook page features a prominent photo of McCrory and him.
For those interested, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton also believes superintendent should be appointed rather than elected. Such a move would take a constitutional amendment.