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Update :: The Most Cynical Campaign In the Country

April 24, 2012

Update:  Don’t have the actual numbers right now, but word is that the right’s crass political cynicism did not  win this time. (Yay!) This is excellent news for those of us who didn’t wish to see Pennsylvania become just another notch on the belt of the movement to privatize our public schools. Roebuck’s win doesn’t put us in the clear altogether, but it just might prove that some voters are paying attention.

I know that when it comes to politics, you probably think that not much can surprise you anymore. Same here. Yet the story coming out of a state-level primary in West Philadelphia is still hard to believe. From my post today at Alan Colmes’ Liberland:

For what may be one of the strangest cases of “strange-bedfellows” this election season, we turn to the race for State Representative of Pennsylvania’s 188th district. So: what does a group of right-wing, anti-choice, anti-gay school privatization advocates have in common with an openly gay, Muslim woman? Money and cynicism, that’s what…

How far is the school privatization juggernaut willing to go to disguise and promote their agenda? The Betsy DeVos-led American Federation for Children, through its PA affiliate Students First and its funding recipients, is financing the campaign of an openly gay, African American, Muslim woman for State Representative (188th District – West Philadelphia) in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary.
Adding to the irony, a 2012 recipient of Students First funding has sponsored fliers touting Fatimah Muhammad’s liberal credentials and her willingness to challenge Governor Tom Corbett’s “War on Women.” Daniel Denvir wrote in the Philadelphia City Paper,

“This is politics at its most cynical: major funders of the pro-choice, pro-Muhammad ad are anti-abortion Republican extremists.”

It’s quite a story. Click through and give it a read.

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