I will protect your pensions. Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor. - Chris Christie, "An Open Letter to the Teachers of NJ" October, 2009

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

More Political Ineptitude From the NJEA

Leonard Lance in the 7th District just voted against getting $268 million in federal funds for NJ schools. What's the NJEA's response?

Refuse to endorse his opponent - A FORMER TEACHER!
The group did decline to endorse some Democrats. In the 7th Congressional District, they made no endorsement, even though Democrat Ed Potosnak, a former science teacher at Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School, is running against freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance. 
“As a teacher, I never took my voting cues from them, and I leave it up to teachers of the 7th District to decide who will represent them in Congress," Potosnak said in a statement. 
NJEA spokesman Steve Wollmer said the PAC may decide to endorse more candidates later on, including in the 7th District. 
“I think there may be further discussion on that one,” he said. “A lot of things come into consideration, not just whether you’re an NJEA member… Some of that gets subjective because you also have to assess a non-incumbent’s electability.”
Yes, we can't take the risk of standing on principle against a guy who votes against the interests of teachers and is in the party of Chris Christie because... well, he might win (especially if his opponent doesn't get our endorsement).

They did this to Linda Stender a few years ago as well when she ran against Mike Ferguson; how'd that work out for you, NJEA?

Is it too early for a drink?

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