This past week has been a really, really bad one for Governor Dayton and anyone who thinks he’s ready for prime time as a governor.
First, it the promise (since delivered) of a veto of the
K-12 E-12 bill over a few hundred million in spending that a bipartisan majority in the Legislature had already turned down (in support of a program that nobody but Education Minnesota really wants).
And now? He’s accusing Republicans of “hating teachers”.
Which certainly perked up my ears, what with having a father, two grandparents and a little sister who’ve been teachers.
Oh, yeah – Sondra Erickson, also a teacher, was not amused:
Rep. Sondra Erickson, R-Princeton, who chairs the House Education Policy Committee said Dayton should apologize for the remark.
In a statement, Erickson said:
“As a public school teacher with nearly four decades in public school classrooms, I am disappointed with Governor Dayton’s disrespectful remarks. Minnesotans expect their public officials to respectfully debate the issues facing our state without resorting to personal attacks. Republicans and Democrats passed a bipartisan budget that underscored our commitment to students and teachers including significant investments in proven early learning programs. Teachers deserve nothing but great respect because of their dedication to prepare our children with knowledge and skills for the future. Closing the achievement gap requires only the highest regard for those who teach and lead our children. I respectfully request that the governor apologize for his remarks.”
Of course, he’s not going to do it. I fact, look for them to double down.
Because that’s page 1 of the Democrat messaging handbook. Question how veterans benefits are paid for? “Why do Republicans hate veterans?”.
Dispute global warming? “Why do Republicans hate science?”.
Don’t like abortion, and think identity feminism has done a lot of damage? “It’s a war on women!”.
Push back against a pork-barrel program that will at best do nothing useful for the vast majority of kids, but will plump up Education Minnesota’s and the DFL’s coffers? “Republicans hate teachers!”.
And the thing is, 40-odd percent of Minnesota voters are stupid enough to buy it.
Why would he apologize?