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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