N.C. Auditor Candidate: Affair Story Is False

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- State auditor candidate Debra Goldman is defending herself against allegations that she had an affair with a fellow Wake County school board member.

Debra Goldman told the News & Observer of Raleigh for a story Sunday that she rebuffed Chris Malone's advances.

Goldman named Malone as a suspect in a 2010 burglary at her home in which $130,000 in jewelry, cash and coins was taken. Malone told police he and Goldman had a "very heated" physical relationship.

Goldman also told the paper that her 2010 vote to stop work on a zone-based assignment plan backed by her Republican colleagues was based on concerns about the plan's effect on families, not on antipathy to Malone.

Malone has said his attorneys have advised him not to comment on the police report.

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