So two teachers unions with local chapters endorsed Vero. Awesome. With a good chance that there will be a lot of Rs crossing over to defeat the more liberal candidate, this just emboldens them. But, hey all the teachers will do exactly what their union says to do right? Wrong.
Believe it or not a few teachers read this blog. They've told me that the unions themselves sway the teachers no direction when it comes to elections. The teachers, among themselves, chat about potential school board candidates and create a consensus of who'd be good to them. I'm also correct when I say that no matter who wins, the teachers always end up hating them. The school board vs. teachers - the fight that never stops.
So... that leaves us here with this weird story about somebody in Dori's campaign saying something about an endorsement. Oh wait, was it someone with the teachers union who said it? Or was is just something someone didn't hear correctly?
Does it matter? Before Jaime made a big deal about it, nobody really knew/cared what the teachers thought. Once Jaime exposed the story to the light you get the impression that the teacher unions can't really get their shit straight and you might just question their judgement on candidate endorsements.
When you're grasping at straws your hands will get all sticky. (you see what I did there? I have modernized the saying to mean drinking straws where it once meant straws of a grass-like crop... I am changing the way we write, one blog post at a time... or not)
A quick word on endorsements...
I work in the political world and I have run for office. The general rule for an endorsement from most groups is that they automatically endorse the person holding an elected office. If both candidates are office holders they usually pick the one in higher office. In this case that would be Vero. These rules are rarely bent or broken.
When I was running I talked to a lot of local groups. I knew the game. I knew I'd never get an endorsement because I was running against an incumbent. However, I was told by a few groups that they'd be individually voting for me over my opponent because they actually liked me. This means endorsements are basically useless.
And yes, I ran for office and lost big. I know all of you can't wait to put that in the comments. You want to make fun of a person for trying. You want to put someone down for doing what we have always told our kids to do - try hard if you want to succeed. It's you morons who have created a society where when a woman is being beat to death in the street you whip your phone out to record it rather than help. It's you morons who have created a generation of little pricks who would rather poke fun at others for trying and failing than ever trying to succeed themselves. Being there to laugh at those who have the guts to try is now a position in society that is celebrated. It's sad.