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Jeanette Rishell’s Week Gets Worse

By Greg L | 24 July 2009 | Jeanette Rishell, 50th HOD District | 22 Comments

If you’re a Democrat running for office, one of the endorsements you can pretty much count on is the Virginia Education Association.  Jeanette Rishell worked hard to try to get it this year, but the VEA announced instead it was endorsing Delegate Jackson Miller.  Perhaps they got a look at what Rishell’s campaign manager had been up to, and figured people who hire campaign managers who advocate providing free hard-core porn in university libraries probably aren’t going to be very committed to quality education.  I can’t blame them for coming to that conclusion.  Not one bit.

Here’s the press release from the Miller campaign:

Today the Virginia Education Association (VEA), the VEA Fund, officially endorsed Delegate Jackson Miller for reelection to the House of Delegates in the 50th District. The endorsement came at the recommendation of the Manassas Education Association and Prince William County Education Association, whose members are made up of local teachers and school employees.

During this year’s General Assembly Session, Delegate Miller voted to protect funding for Virginia’s public schools in the state budget. Delegate Miller has promoted legislation to adequately fund English as a second language programs within the state education funding formula and legislation that would make our schools safer for both the students and our public education employees.

“The Virginia Education Association is proud to endorse Delegate Jackson Miller’s 2009 Campaign,” said Meg Gruber, Vice President of The VEA. “In Delegate Miller, the VEA has a strong advocate for our public school system and someone who understands the importance of keeping and carrying our message in Richmond. In Delegate Miller the teachers and school employees of the Commonwealth have a friend and the VEA looks forward to working with Delegate Miller for years to come.”

“As parents with 2 young boys in the public school system, Suzanne and I understand that maintaining Virginia’s world class education system is a top priority,” said Delegate Miller. I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Virginia Education Association and look forward to returning to Richmond and continuing to be a strong voice for our public school system.”

Just how many other Democrats failed to get the VEA endorsement this year and had them endorse their Republican opponents instead?  As far as I know, that hasn’t happened to anyone else this year.  Of course not too many other Democrats are as gifted at embarassing themselves as Jeanette Rishell.

Great going, Jeanette Rishell.  Even reliable Democrat supporters are abandoning you this year.



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22 Comments

  1. Sheff said on 24 Jul 2009 at 12:55 pm:
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    If you’re interested in Virginia politics check out ProjectVirginia at

    www.projectvirginia.com

    Going local to turn Virginia red

  2. A Fly On The Wall said on 24 Jul 2009 at 12:56 pm:
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    A great endorsement for Miller, but I’ll bet Jeanette picks up the MVC Latenight Video endorsement.

  3. Anonymous said on 24 Jul 2009 at 12:59 pm:
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    Would have been nice if you acknowledged his great success in this endorsement instead of vaguely taking credit through your Eastern European bull riding coverage. Or perhaps I missed the sarcasm tag. Instead “Great going, Jeanette Rishell,” honor your candidate by saying “Great going, Jackson Miller!” He deserves no less.

  4. Tillie said on 24 Jul 2009 at 1:51 pm:
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    Off subject

    [Ed note: and removed as such…]

  5. Anonymous said on 24 Jul 2009 at 1:56 pm:
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    Tillie, this post is about public education. A very important issue facing the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Congrats to Jackson………

  6. James Young said on 24 Jul 2009 at 3:09 pm:
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    An endorsement from VEA is NOT a reason for Conservatives to vote for Jackson Miller.

  7. anon said on 24 Jul 2009 at 3:32 pm:
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    Maybe the endorsement from the VEA shows that the local teachers aren’t all a bunch of liberal loons.

    Of course the paid union staff and most principals (not teacher union members) are liberals, but a huge number of teachers in our area are conservative.

    Unfortunately, republicans have spent so much time painting teachers with the “ugly brush” that it isn’t seen as a positive when their endorsement is received.

  8. JM said on 24 Jul 2009 at 3:34 pm:
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    I agree with Anonymous @ 12:59

    Miller earned this endorsement, and it’s well deserved! Congratulations to Del. Miller!

  9. Anonymous said on 24 Jul 2009 at 5:16 pm:
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    How bad does a dem have to screw up in order to not get this endorsement from a teacher’s union? What next, are the firefighters under the control of Bruce Roemmelt going to endorse Jackson Miller as well?

  10. UNIONIZE NOW said on 24 Jul 2009 at 6:02 pm:
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    anon 5:16,

    That is very unlikely. The firefighters union and the police union (really just the ffax police assoc.) are mostly interested in unionization ability something too wich Miller is very opposed. The teachers union is more interested in funding, class size, education policy, etc.

    Without a doubt Rishell still gets the support of the unions.

  11. Call it straight said on 24 Jul 2009 at 9:16 pm:
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    anonymous said on 24 Jul 2009 at 5:16 pm:
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    How bad does a dem have to screw up in order to not get this endorsement from a teacher’s union?

    I’d say they realize that having been beaten twice by Del. Miller, they prefer to ride a winning horse. Better to endorse someone who might vote their way come budget time, than to endorse someone who will never be in a position to vote on a state budget.

    In other words, Jeanette Rishell the candidate just plain sucks eggs, although I imagine Jeanette Rishell the person is ok.

  12. James Young said on 25 Jul 2009 at 12:21 pm:
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    As a wonderful Asay cartoon pointed out a number of years ago, most teachers are dedicated, caring, hard-working … and represented by the National Education Association.

  13. just saying said on 25 Jul 2009 at 5:42 pm:
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    …the VEA also has a policy of endorsing the incumbent by default if they meet a minimum ’score’ on the votes they wanted during the last legislative session.

    Endorsements speaks more about Miller supporting public schools than anything at all about Rishell as she was never in contention (since Miller voted the way the union wanted him to).

  14. Anonymous said on 27 Jul 2009 at 12:32 am:
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    I’ll still vote for Jackson IN SPITE of the VEA endorsement

  15. anon said on 27 Jul 2009 at 10:02 am:
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    How very sad it is that we denigrate the endorsement of teachers.

    This wasn’t the big, bad union choosing Jackson Miller.

    This was local teachers from our area who picked whom they support.

    They chose the conservative Jackson Miller.

    God forbid some teachers belong to a “union”. A Virginia union is nothing more than an association of professionals; it is powerless.

    Republicans get all pissy about what unions try to get for teachers. Well, what unions and professional associations exist in Virginia to promote someone else’s interests?

  16. Greg L said on 27 Jul 2009 at 10:32 am:
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    The VEA is a political action committee that donated over 74% of their political contributions to Democrats last election cycle. It is my understanding that some of this money comes from mandatory dues taken from teacher’s salaries, whether they like it or not.

    http://www.vpap.org/committees/profile/home/518?start_year=2008&end_year=2009&lookup_type=year&filing_period=all

  17. Anonymous said on 27 Jul 2009 at 12:53 pm:
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    Greg, I am a teacher. Joining VEA is optional, as is NEA or local association, though by joining your local association, you join all three. Getting dues taken only occurs if you join. If you don’t join, you don’t pay. As a matter of fact, where I teach, the vast majority of teachers do not join. It’s a matter of choice.

  18. long time said on 27 Jul 2009 at 12:59 pm:
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    Congrats Jackson! Yet more evidence that you truley represents ALL of your constituents. 7/27 Anon is right. We should be glad that Delegate Miller has shown independence in his service in the General Assembly and done what was right for Manassas, Manassas Park & PWC. The endorsement is not about liberal unionism, it’s about doing what’s right for kids.

    I like Mr Yound am a conservative. However, unlike him, I believe this endorsement is yet another compelling reason to vote to return Delegate Miller! People looking for a reason not to vote for Delegate Miller are doing no one (except democrats & Ms. Rischell) a favor.

  19. long time said on 27 Jul 2009 at 1:06 pm:
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    Congrats Jackson! Yet more evidence that you truley represents ALL of your constituents. 7/27 Anon is right. We should be glad that Delegate Miller has shown independence in his service in the General Assembly and done what was right for Manassas, Manassas Park & PWC. The endorsement is not about liberal unionism, it’s about doing what’s right for kids.

    I like Mr Young am a conservative. However, unlike him, I believe this endorsement is yet another compelling reason to vote to return Delegate Miller! People looking for a reason not to vote for Delegate Miller are doing no one (except democrats & Ms. Rischell) a favor.

  20. anon said on 27 Jul 2009 at 4:12 pm:
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    12:53 -

    My experience has been the same as yours re: unions and members in Virginia. The Virginia teachers “union” serves mostly as a professional association.

    Most of the teachers I know in Va. are not union members either. Most who are members do so for the professional journals and articles, the liability insurance, and the discounts like auto insurance and Verizon (I’ve heard the discounts are REALLY good). I do know a few who are active conservatives and a few who are active liberals.

  21. Lulu U. Parsnips said on 27 Jul 2009 at 6:07 pm:
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    Social networking update: Ben Tribbett and his gal-pal Joey have started their own social networking organization. They call it “Face-Butt.”

  22. teacher said on 30 Jul 2009 at 11:16 am:
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    As a PWEA/VEA/NEA members, NO DUES money goes to a candidate from VEA or local or national dues. It is all voluntary contributions to candidates who support public education and public education employees. Let’s tell the truth here.

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