Jared Polis, a Democratic member of Congress from Colorado, who tweeted yesterday that America’s leading public education advocate, Diane Ravitch, was an “evil woman” went on to tweet, “Can’t think of anybody else who has caused more harm to public schools, except maybe Koch brothers.”
The Wait, What? (WTF) moment is brought to us by the three-term, multi-millionaire who is apparently a huge supporter of charter schools, having created at least one charter school himself through his personal foundation that he calls the Jared Polis Foundation.
One can only assume that Polis doesn’t like the fact that Ravitch (and many other pro-education advocates) have revealed the fact that charter schools traditionally “increase” their standardized test scores by “creaming” off the best students, discriminating against non-English speaking students and refusing to take their fair share of students who need special education services. The vast majority of charter schools also have policies that are overly dependent on disciplinary procedures and directly work to undermine teachers, their unions and the teaching profession.
Most incredible about Polis’ outrageous tweets that the he imagines himself as an up and coming “progressive” figure in the Democratic Party.
According to an article entitled Polis creates PAC to help other progressives and posted on Coloradoan.com, Polis is “trying to raise his profile by donating money to like-minded progressives.”
The article reads;
“Democrat Rep. Jared Polis, elected in 2008, created a leadership political action committee in January with the goal of helping Democrats regain the majority in the GOP-controlled House.
Polis said his committee, called the Fearless PAC, will allow him to expand his political influence.
‘In terms of the political world, who gets elected matters,’ Polis said recently. ‘I can be a lot more effective if we have a Congress that is more progressive and willing to move in a direction that is consistent with my beliefs and (those) of my constituents.’
Polis said the Fearless PAC is not issue-specific and supports up-and-coming politicians who aren’t yet well-known.
‘There is no litmus test for it,’ Polis said. ‘In general it would support candidates that are more in agreement with principles that I hold.’
Polis, the first openly gay man elected to Congress, supports legalizing marijuana, stricter regulations on hydraulic fracturing, and closing the achievement gap in K-12 education that separates low-income and minority students from other students.
Polis, 38, also is one of the wealthiest members of Congress. He began three successful Internet ventures in college that he later sold for upward of $300 million in profits.
The congressman serves on the House Rules Committee, the Education and Workforce Committee and the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.”
How Polis thinks attacking Diane Ravitch and public education is part of a progressive agenda is mind-boggling.
And one wonders what other progressives will think of Polis’ inappropriate, outrageous and abusive behavior.
Polis’ new FEARLESS PAC has clearly attempted to pass itself off as a progressive organization.
The treasurer of FEARLESS PAC is Amy Prichard. Prichard is a well-known progressive campaign professional who “provides political consulting services through AP Campaigns, as principal with both Mission Control and Digital Turf – political firms working with Democratic candidates, party committees, ballot measure campaigns, labor unions and non-profit groups.”
FEARLESS PAC has been using the services of the Democratic fundraising company, The Angerholzer Team, headed by Lindsay Angerholzer.
Polis also works with Michael Huttner. Huttner is the President of the Huttner Group, Inc. “a political consulting firm that specializes in crisis and multi-state communications. Huttner is also the Founder of ProgressNow a network of state-based organizations that informs and moves people to action for progressive solutions through communications and new media with partner states in California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.”
Peter Brown, a progressive political operative, worked for Polis’ investment company, Jovian P4, in the run up to Polis’ first campaign for Congress. Brown has gone on to form his own New York City based political consulting company that works with progressive candidates and organizations. His clients include New York’s United Federation of Teachers (UFT).
Another former Jovian P4 employee, Travis Leiker, who was employed in Polis’ private company leading up to the Congressman’s first campaign has also worked for a variety of progressive organizations and now works for Conservation Colorado.
Ravitch allies and supporters around the country have got to wondering…what do these and other progressives see in a man who is so stupid or so ignorant or so arrogant that he thinks it is okay to tweet that Diane Ravitch is “an evil woman” and that he “Can’t think of anybody else who has caused more harm to public schools, except maybe Koch brothers.”
If any Polis supporters happen to read this blog, can you please explain WTF is wrong with this thug?