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Wake school board map targeted by conservatives was drawn by one of their own

Kieran ShanahanYou know things are sliding pretty far right when one of the truest, conservative fire-breathers can’t satisfy the people running things at the General Assembly.

As reported here last week and by lots of other news outlets, conservatives at the General Assembly are pushing legislation to seize control of the Wake County Board of Education (along with several other insufficiently compliant local governmental bodies) by reducing the Board’s authority and rigging its electoral districts and election schedule. Indeed, according to conservative school board member John Tedesco, more such proposals are on the way.

Here, however, is one of the more ironic aspects of this whole shameful set of affairs: the Wake County district maps in question — the ones being redrawn again because the Right doesn’t like the board they produced — were drawn by conservative lawyer, long-time Locke Foundation patron and current McCrory administration official, Kieran Shanahan.

Here’s current conservative school board member Deborah Prickett speaking in January as reported by Raleigh’s News & Observer on the occasion of the departure of former school superintendent, Anthony Tata:

“In addition, congratulations go out to a fantastic attorney, KieranShanahan, who Gov. McCrory chose to lead in his cabinet as Secretary of Public Safety. Mr. Shanahan has assisted the Wake County school system in many important cases and decisions and represented us well. He assisted with the redistricting efforts that we had in addition to many other important items through the years.”

No word yet on whether the General Assembly will simply enact an outright ban on all Wake County residents who believe in public education from running for the Board if the new plan doesn’t work.

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