Yesterday’s 107 minute news conference by New Jersey governor Chris Christie was taking place about the same time the story broke that disgraced education commissioner Tony Bennett had hired some top dollar lawyers to fight ethics charges revolving around his own email problems.
I couldn’t help but notice the difference in the manner the two republican politicians dealt with clear evidence of wrong doing. Christie immediately recognized it and admitted it was wrong. Bennett is still in denial. Christie is clearly on an island by himself, but Bennett is still being defended by people like Jeb Bush.
What’s the difference?
Maybe it’s because that for republicans, the ends justifies the means when it comes to their education privatization agenda.
Emails clearly show that a top Christie staffer created a traffic jam and Bennett changed the grade of a charter school owner who donated to his campaign. Christie is being excoriated by members of his own party while Bennett is still being lionized. While both incidents were all about political hardball, at least Christie admitted it was wrong.
Why not Bennett and his apologists?
Has the charter school movement become such a righteous crusade for republican lawmakers that there is no tactic that is out-of-bounds? Florida’s republican lawmakers are taking gobs of cash from the charter school industry and writing legislation that games the system in their favor.
It’s doubtful that Floridians will be getting any apologies. Its about giving parents a choice and the children, you see.