Teachers back Allen, but only because he's a Dem

Back in July, the Maine Education Association - the 25,000-member union representing Maine's teachers and other educators (including my wife) - announced it would endorse Democrat Tom Allen in his bid to unseat two-term Republican US Senator Susan Collins. At the time, union executive director Chris Galgay said Allen's "views are closest to the hearts of educators and his record of support for our issues is outstanding."

But this week, NEA Today, the magazine published by the National Education Association (the country's umbrella teachers' union), took a slightly different tone, suggesting the endorsement was less about Allen's views (which are fundamentally the same as Collins's - they both are graded "A" on the NEA's Legislative Report Card).

It turns out the union was more interested in Allen's party membership, according to the magazine:

"Incumbent Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, has a fine record on public education - but so does her opponent, U.S. Rep. Tom Allen, a Democrat. The difference is that if Allen's elected, the Democratic Party has a chance to create a majority in the Senate, and that could make a big different in their effectiveness."

That's a nice way to treat a man who's really not doing well in the polls at all - tell him you don't like him for himself, but for the people he hangs with.

| More

 Friends' Activity   Popular 
All Blogs
Follow the Phoenix
  • newsletter
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • youtube
  • rss
Latest Comments
Search Blogs
Strange Maine - winner, The Best Blog, Portland Phoenix, 2008
Black Bird Legal Collective - A Portland-based legal-activist group
DowneastBlog - You tell us what they think
Local Foodie - Portland-based local-foods blog
Media Nation - A media-watch column by journalism professor and Phoenix contributor Dan Kennedy
Organizing Notes - Comments from Maine peace-and-justice activist Bruce Gagnon
Portland Greens - Updates from Portland's Green Party
Portland on Wikipedia - See what the crowdsourcing crowd is saying
Where There's Wil, There's Always A Way - winner, The Best Blog, Portland Phoenix, 2007
Portland Museum of Art blog -
Have Faith In Worthless Knowledge - The SPACE Gallery blog
Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition - Activists for prisoners' rights
About Town Archives