A Tale of Two Emails

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.


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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2 Responses to A Tale of Two Emails

  1. Teresa Wiley says:

    I kept thinking about how these two situations are similar, both done in by emails. But the common thread for both of these politicians is the hubris they possess. They were all fearless in their corrupt acts because they function within a system that they have manipulated to their advantage. What could be a better example of that than Tony’s hearing being delayed for five months? My prediction is that Tony will come out of his Indiana situation with nothing more than a slap on the wrist while his cohorts, Dale Chu and Todd Huston will be thrown under the bus.

  2. The similarity, in addition to their huge egos, is that they are being done in by lies and coverups. Neither came at all clean until they were forced to by the media. Thank god for the free press, even if I do want to strangle them at times.

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