North Carolina Legislator Profile: Chris Malone (R-Wake)
Chris Malone spent most of the last decade as a right-wing politician pushing a hardline agenda to underfund and undermine public schools, while cashing in for personal gain.
Malone began his political career on the Wake County School Board where he was described as a “hard-liner” who caused “dysfunction.” Malone repeatedly failed to adequately raise teacher salaries and increase public education funding, he even voted to raise his own salary while on the schoolboard believes legislators should get pay increases.
While on the Wake County School Board, Malone prioritized personal affair over his job. The affair between Malone and Debra Goldman lasted from 2009 to 2010 and ended with an alleged burglary. The affair was known to cause tension and have negative impacts on the Wake County School Board while the implementation of a school assignment plan left families in chaos.
Malone’s alleged affair is just the first evidence in a long record of objectifying women and dismissing their stories. More recently Malone supported a statement that called women reporting sexual assault and harassment “stupid, weak, and inconsequential.” And he voted for this year’s budget which failed to clear the backlog of rape kits – siding with predators over survivors.
Following his trend of prioritizing his own self-interests, Malone repeatedly failed to make health care more affordable and voted to protect gerrymandered districts.
Malone is not looking out for his constituents and prioritizes his own interests over North Carolina.
Read on to learn more about Malone.
Malone was called “a hard-liner” who caused “dysfunction” on the Wake County School Board.
- While on the Wake County school board, Malone was called a “hard liner” who “served without distinction” and caused “dysfunction” on the school board.
- Despite continually failing to adequately fund education, Malone blamed a lack of funding on Democrats.
- In 2008 Malone voted against pushing for $8 million more to maintain per-pupil funding in Wake County.
Malone repeatedly voted against more education funding and raises for teachers.
- In 2012 Malone wanted to lay off dozens of teachers to save money.
- After being elected to the legislature, Malone translated his “hard-line” views into voting for the 2015 Republican budget which let education funding fall even further behind.
- In 2016 Malone voted to raise taxes for middle class families and cut funding for public schools.
- Malone voted for the 2017 Republican budget that shortchanged teachers by failing to raise teacher salaries.
- Despite not raising teacher pay, Malone believes legislators should get a pay raise.
While on the Wake County School Board, Chris Malone relentlessly criticized Wake’s diversity policy, despite claims that repealing the policy would lead to school resegregation; Malone continued his trend of moving Wake toward resegregation by voting for a law to study breaking up large school districts.
- When Malone was on the Wake County school board he dedicated his time to rejecting diversified schools.
- Malone said diversity, although a “fine thing,” had to be secondary to the goal of education.
- In 2011 Malone and other Republicans skipped a school board meeting where Democrats were hammering out a “new student assignment plan.”
- Malone sponsored a bill that would allow North Carolina to study breaking up large school districts like Wake County, possibly leading to the “resegregation of Wake schools.”
While on the Wake County school board, Malone had a “personal and physical” relationship with another school board member, Debra Goldman, from 2009 to 2010 that ended with an alleged burglary.
- Malone had a “personal and physical” relationship with another school board member, Debra Goldman, from 2009 to 2010 that ended with a burglary.
- Following an alleged burglary at her home, Debra Goldman suspected Chris Malone.
- There were conflicting reports about Goldman and Malone’s relationship.
- Goldman and Malone’s relationship had a negative impact on the Wake County School Board’s ability to conduct business.
Malone voted against providing funding that to process over 15,000 rape kits, delaying justice even longer for survivors, and “liked” a tweet that called women “stupid, weak, and inconsequential.”
- Attorney General Josh Stein requested funds to clear the rape kit backlog.
- Malone denied the request for funding, delaying justice for victims.
- Malone “liked” a tweet that said the #metoo movement is about women being “stupid, weak, and inconsequential.”
Malone rejected Democrats attempt to expand Medicaid in North Carolina using a procedural vote.
- Republicans, including Malone, used a procedural vote to block Medicaid expansion.
- Denying Medicaid expansion led to health care costs rising.
As a member of the House Select Committee on Redistricting, Malone voted for maps that failed to correct illegally drawn racial gerrymanders.
- Malone was on the House Select Committee on Redistricting.
- In 2011 a federal court found that the legislative maps had racial gerrymanders.
- In 2017 Republicans, including Malone, passed maps that failed to correct the illegally drawn districts, a federal court ruled.
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