Updated: May 2
The "Cape Fear Beacon" website used to spread lies about Josie Barnhart, create public mistrust of her conservative values, and call her a "RINO" was created by the same IP address used to create Josie's campaign website.
Translation: Josie's old campaign manager, Peter Lafond is behind this smear campaign.
Peter Lafond originally represented Josie Barnhart as her campaign manager. However, Josie broke off the relationship when she felt like she wasn't getting her money's worth. Peter apparently didn't take it well!
Peter is currently Melissa Mason's campaign manager. Melissa is, by all accounts, a solid candidate, so I don't fault her for Peter's actions. However, this attempt, by another GOP candidate's campaign manager, to smear Josie's character should concern anybody reading this.
Peter Lafond did not use his real name to publish the article. Instead, he opted for the pen name "John McClane," which you may recognize as the name of the main character in Die Hard.
Additionally, according to "www.whois.com" domain lookups, this website was created 12/31/2021. The website has retroactively posted articles back to 2019 to try to make it look legitimate. This site is a sham.
Everyone know "Politics is Dirty", but this may be a new low for New Hanover County.
Despite attacks like these, Josie Barnhart has held herself tall, choosing to keep her focus on the kids, academics, and accountability.
I fully support Josie Barnhart for NHC Board of Education!
Check out some of the statements and links below to learn more about Josie's views on CRT, equity, diversity, and SEL: