The fight over Freddie Gray’s future as president of the Omaha School Board is now a partisan political battle.
The Douglas County Democratic Party has come to Mrs. Gray’s defense following charges by the Douglas County Republican Party that she played fast and loose with over $65,000 in school district funds; casting votes where she had clear-cut conflicts of interest involving her husband City Councilman Ben Gray.
As Nebraska Watchdog first reported, according to a six page complaint sent to the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission—the state’s ethics board—the GOP claims that between 2008 and 2010 Gray voted nearly 40 times to approve school expenses going to several non-profit organizations her husband was actively involved in.
Freddie Gray has not commented on the charges but Kris Pierce, Democratic County Chairman, called the complaint “dirty politics” and a move to “smear” the Grays’ good name.
According to Pierce, the complaint is worthless because Ben Gray “is a completely uncompensated volunteer” who doesn’t make a dime serving on the boards in question.
The GOP intends to read the complaint at Monday’s school board meeting; the same meeting the 12 member board is expected to vote on Freddie Gray’s future as board president.
Mrs. Gray is under fire for her handling (see Nebraska Watchdog’s exclusive report) of the Nancy Sebring saga. Gray is accused of intentionally withholding information from fellow board members about the sexy emails that led to the resignation of superintendent-to-be Sebring.
Reported by Joe Jordan, email@example.com
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