Report from Louisiana: John Bel Edwards is *gasp* Acting Like a Democrat!

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Report from Louisiana: John Bel Edwards is *gasp* Acting Like a Democrat!

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT – He’s not even been inau­gu­rated yet and John Bel Edwards appears to be giv­ing the shaft to his sup­port­ers and waf­fling on his promise to get rid of state super­in­ten­dent of edu­ca­tion, John White.

Many Repub­li­can vot­ers eschewed David Vit­ter in the most recent guber­na­to­r­ial elec­tion because, well, they just couldn’t stom­ach him any longer, regard­less of party assig­na­tion. In reject­ing Vit­ter, a large num­ber of Repub­li­cans crossed party lines to vote for John Bel Edwards based pri­mar­ily on his promise to get rid of White who is a huge sup­porter of Com­mon Core.

In mak­ing early appoint­ments, Edwards has named three mem­bers to the state BESE board (Board of Ele­men­tary and Sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion) who all appear to be sup­port­ers of White and thereby dash­ing all hope of hav­ing enough votes to get rid of White.

The Crazy Craw­fish notes:

I think a lot of peo­ple are going to pissed when they find out they voted against Com­mon Core and thought they elected a can­di­date that was against it, only to find it was rebranded and actu­ally made worse, as the review com­mit­tee has report­edly done by the var­i­ous folks who have resigned from it in protest.

Do you think they are going to blame their BESE can­di­date (that they prob­a­bly don’t remem­ber now) or the Gov­er­nor who ran against Com­mon Core and John White?

Edu­ca­tion Reform­ers have been crow­ing for well over a month that John Bel cut a deal and John White is safe. I don’t hear one peep of com­plaint out of them either. Mean­while many of the folks that brought John Bel to the Governor’s Ball are left out in the cold and we are not happy with what we have seen so far.

But, if you vote for a Demo­c­rat, you should not be sur­prised when he expands food stamps, expands Med­ic­aid, and craw­fishes on promises.

He’s an Obama man, for cry­ing out loud!

I wasn’t a fan of Bobby Jin­dal in more recent years, but I have a feel­ing Edwards is going to do a lot to reha­bil­i­tate the Jin­dal legacy.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By: Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – He’s not even been inaugurated yet and John Bel Edwards appears to be giving the shaft to his supporters and waffling on his promise to get rid of state superintendent of education, John White.

Many Republican voters eschewed David Vitter in the most recent gubernatorial election because, well, they just couldn’t stomach him any longer, regardless of party assignation. In rejecting Vitter, a large number of Republicans crossed party lines to vote for John Bel Edwards based primarily on his promise to get rid of White who is a huge supporter of Common Core.

In making early appointments, Edwards has named three members to the state BESE board (Board of Elementary and Secondary Education) who all appear to be supporters of White and thereby dashing all hope of having enough votes to get rid of White.

The Crazy Crawfish notes:

I think a lot of people are going to pissed when they find out they voted against Common Core and thought they elected a candidate that was against it, only to find it was rebranded and actually made worse, as the review committee has reportedly done by the various folks who have resigned from it in protest.

Do you think they are going to blame their BESE candidate (that they probably don’t remember now) or the Governor who ran against Common Core and John White?

Education Reformers have been crowing for well over a month that John Bel cut a deal and John White is safe.  I don’t hear one peep of complaint out of them either.  Meanwhile many of the folks that brought John Bel to the Governor’s Ball are left out in the cold and we are not happy with what we have seen so far.

But, if you vote for a Democrat, you should not be surprised when he expands food stamps, expands Medicaid, and crawfishes on promises.

He’s an Obama man, for crying out loud!

I wasn’t a fan of Bobby Jindal in more recent years, but I have a feeling Edwards is going to do a lot to rehabilitate the Jindal legacy.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.