The political silly season is upon us again. I am not writing about the presidential race but for N.C. House District 35, which encompasses the majority of Wake Forest and all of Rolesville.
After work the other day, I received a phone call on my landline, in which the caller identified themselves as a “researcher asking for thoughts on the upcoming election.”
The pollster asked me questions about the Democratic candidate Terence Everitt and my thoughts on him. I was told, “He is a board member of the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and he understands the needs of small business and that they need tax breaks.”
Then there were statements regarding “the fact” that more money needs to be spent on education and infrastructure.
Then I was asked about Republican incumbent Chris Malone. The pollster claimed Mr. Malone raised taxes and with the Republicans cut teacher pay and education funding .
I find it humorous, and scary, that a political campaign has thousands of dollars to fund what is known as a push poll.
For those who don’t know, a push poll is designed to put one candidate in a negative light so the respondent will reject that candidate.
It is scary because it is on public record that I have given Mr. Malone small campaign contributions over the course of the last four years.
Also, on Election Day I held his campaign sign at my polling place.
I have news for Mr. Everitt: It is true the Legislature increased taxes on some items, but the state income tax was lowered. I calculated what the increased taxes have cost me and what lowered income taxes have saved me.
I came out $509 ahead of the game. That was the purpose of the legislature’s proposals.
I also point out to Mr. Everitt that teacher pay in North Carolina has increased during Mr. Malone’s time in the legislature as has educational funding.
And certainly Mr. Everitt should know that as a resident of Wake County, Wake County taxpayers have for decades funded roads and bridges in rural counties where there is not as much traffic congestion while we wait in traffic.
If Mr. Everitt’s campaign has the money to contact people who have publicly supported his opponent and spread lies, certainly Mr. Everitt can spend his money to explain how he wants to give tax breaks to special interest groups such as the chamber of commerce and yet fund the government he wants to see.
Matthew S. Reck