New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker either has the memory span of a goldfish or is simply a hypocrite with no concern for consistency.
Only one of these two conclusions could possibly explain why, following the confirmation Tuesday of Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education, he tweeted, “To all who are angry or frustrated about today’s vote confirming DeVos, please know: the vote may be over, but our fight must continue.”
The last I checked, Booker happened to be a loyal fan of both DeVos and her pro-school-choice advocacy organization, the American Federation for Children.
To all who are angry or frustrated about today’s vote confirming DeVos, please know: the vote may be over, but our fight must continue. pic.twitter.com/QHFveiRv9d
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBookerOffice) February 7, 2017
Speaking last year at the AFC’s May 2016 policy summit, Booker specifically referred to it as an “incredible organization” and urged attendees to “stay faithful to the work we are doing.”
Likewise, while delivering a keynote address to the same organization five years ago, Booker expressed earnest support for the very same sorts of pro-school-choice policies that he now purports to abhor.
“I cannot ever stand up and stand against a parent having options, because I benefited from my parents having options,” he said. “And when people tell me they’re against school choice, whether it’s the Opportunity Scholarship Act or charter schools, I look at them and say, ‘As soon as you’re telling me you’re willing to send your kid to a failing school in my city or in Camden or Trenton, then I’ll be with you.’”
So which is it, senator? Are you for DeVos’ favored school-choice policies that empower parents with the option to send their children to charter schools, or are you against them?
“I have long supported targeted, accountable school choice initiatives … but there are a number of departures between Mrs. DeVos’ policy beliefs and mine that prevent me from supporting her,” he reportedly said in a statement to The Daily Signal when asked about this discrepancy.
Is that right? My guess is that Booker is a two-faced hack who supports school choice only when it suits his political goals and does not alienate his peers, i.e., other Democrat politicians and, of course, teachers’ unions.
I could be wrong, but probably not.
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