Saturday, July 28, 2018

#TXLEGE: School Choice lobby SQUANDERING Yet ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY in SD-19 Special Election

"He who gathers in summer is a wise son;
He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame."
Proverbs 10:5

Led by Texas Right to Life, followed by Lt. Gov. Patrick, this past week a consensus seems to have emerged that Pete Flores has a decent shot at qualifying for the SD-19 special election runoff.

Unfortunately, one group who could potentially be very helpful is (yet again) missing in action.

A quick search of Flores' website reveals:
I do support a voucher program, as a parent should have a choice where their child goes to school.
Meanwhile, nothing from the school choice lobby.

This is political malpractice.

From both a tactical and a strategic perspective, the SD-19 special election ought to be a political no-brainer for the school choice lobby:
  • Tactically -- Adding another R senator would significantly decrease the leverage Seliger and the other squishy R Senators would have in the Senate; this makes it easier to pass a strong bill in the Senate and sets up a better negotiating position with the house.
  • Strategically -- In the urban parts of the district, a strong performance by a pro-school choice candidate would put the urban D's on notice.  Ditto the rural R's in the rural parts of the district.  This special election is an opportunity to put both the rural R's and the urban D's on notice, yet the school choice lobby appears to be doing neither.
And that's political malpractice.

Bottom Line: The school choice lobby never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity (but at least we won't run out of yellow scarves)....

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