Both trips would have been considered gifts, according to state ethics laws, and would have required public disclosure because Carter received more than $50 in gifts over the weekend. In his disclosure form for 2007, Carter did not report the trip. The forms for 2008, which would include the Napa trip, have not yet been filed.

At the district board meeting Monday, during a 10-minute speech given a few hours before he was fired, Carter claimed to have been a victim of a smear campaign and told the board of trustees to “grow up.”

He had this to say to “you bloggers”: “I have never had a facial or a massage, and I certainly did not have one at a conference last summer.”

Illustration by Evan Yarborough

Editorial Fellow Spencer Kornhaber contributed to this story, versions of which first appeared on the Weekly’s Navel Gazing blog.

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