In this Orwellian world in which we live, how do voters deal with candidates who run as Democrats but oppose democracy…
As we all know, democracy is traditionally defined as “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.”
As the name implies, Democrats traditionally believe in the fundamental elements of democracy.
But in Bridgeport, Connecticut the Democratic endorsed slate of candidates that is running in next Tuesday’s Democratic Primary have made an extraordinary effort to do away with the very Board of Education that they are now seeking to serve upon.
(Wait, What?) No, really…
It was only a year ago that these same Democratic endorsed candidates were part of a record-breaking effort to eliminate Bridgeport’s democratically elected board of education. Having lost that effort, the “Bridgeport Democratic Machine” is now trying to convince Bridgeport voters to elect candidates who worked so hard to eliminate the Board of Education..
Forget the fact that Mayor Bill Finch and the Bridgeport Democratic Party supported Malloy’s illegal takeover of the Bridgeport School System.
Forget the fact that Mayor Bill Finch’s campaign treasurer, Kenneth Moales, Jr. the bully turned Chairman of the Bridgeport Board of Education is systematically turning the Bridgeport Board of Education into the laughing stock of Connecticut.
Forget the fact that Mayor Bill Finch is Paul Vallas’ biggest supporter and that the City of Bridgeport has inappropriately and potentially illegally spent $50,000 to $100,000 representing Paul Vallas in his losing legal effort to remain Bridgeport’s superintendent of schools.
Forget the fact that Mayor Bill Finch and his education reform allies spent a record amount of money in their failed attempt to pass a charter change that would have eliminated Bridgeport’s elected board of education and replaced it with one appointed by him.
The situation facing Bridgeport’s voters in next Tuesday’s primary is the following;
According to their campaign pieces, “The endorsed team for the Bridgeport Board of Education will bring new leadership and a fresh voice for strengthening schools for our kids.”
New leadership and fresh voices?
Endorsed Candidate #1: Reverend Simon Castillo is a long-time Finch ally who served as Chairman of the Residents for a Better Bridgeport Political Action Committee. This was the political action committee that spent a record amount of money supporting Mayor Finch’s failed charter reform proposal TO DO AWAY with an elected Board of Education.
Simon Castillo spent countless hours trying to take away Bridgeport voter’s right to choose members of the Bridgeport Board of Education. Now he wants their vote to be on that Board of Education.
Endorsed Candidate #2: Brandon Clark is a teacher at Achievement First – Bridgeport and appeared in a number of the campaign brochures and videos that were paid for by the Residents for a Better Bridgeport Political Action Committee.
In essence, Brandon Clark served as a primary spokesperson in the campaign urging Bridgeport voters to support Mayor Finch’s failed charter reform proposal TO DO AWAY with an elected Board of Education.
Brandon Clark spent countless hours trying to take away Bridgeport voter’s right to choose members of the Bridgeport Board of Education. Now he wants their vote to be on that Board of Education.
Furthermore, Clark’s present campaign pieces report that he has “worked in Bridgeport public schools for more than a decade.” Of course, Achievement First – Bridgeport is a state charter school and is not part of the Bridgeport school system. Clark either doesn’t know what schools make up the Bridgeport school system or he is purposely trying to mislead voters into thinking that he works in Bridgeport’s public schools.
Endorsed Candidate #3: Katie Roach Bukovsky is the third member of the Democratic Party’s endorsed slate. New to education issues” she reports that part of her expertise comes from the fact that she works for a private company that sells education resource materials and products to school systems. Katie Roach Bukovsky is also the sister of Danny Roach, the long-time Black Rock District leader on the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee. As part of the Bridgeport Democratic establishment, Roach and the majority on the Democratic Town Committee spent countless hours trying TO TAKE AWAY Bridgeport voter’s right to choose members of the Bridgeport Board of Education. Now Katie Roach Bukovsky she is part of the slate that is seeking voter’s support to be on that Board of Education.
Imagine, in Bridgeport, the endorsed Democratic candidates for the Board of Education are on record opposing democracy.
The Democrats who have spent so much time trying to eliminate the People’s right to elect members of the local board of education are now trying to get on that Bridgeport Board of Education AND are claiming that, as members of that Board they will “bring new leadership and a fresh voice for strengthening schools for our kids.”
As we are fond of saying on this blog, their approach to reality, the truth and democratic principles would make George Orwell proud.