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DNC chairmanís school visit sparks anger among Portsmouth city officials
Fosters Online ^ | Wednesday, December 17, 2003 | PAT McGOWAN

Posted on 12/17/2003 7:59:02 PM PST by Reagan is King

DNC chairman’s school visit sparks anger among Portsmouth city officials By PAT McGOWAN

Democrat Staff Writer

PORTSMOUTH — Several city officials are furious over the Democratic National Committee chairman’s recent visit to Portsmouth High School, who they feel turned a social studies lesson into a one-sided bashing of President Bush.

After requesting to visit the school, Terry McAuliffe was allowed by Principal Forrest Ransdell to come to teach what the principal believed to be social studies classes on democracy and the political process. However, several city officials are livid over what they say turned into a biased Democratic view of Republican President Bush’s term of office.

During the presentation, McAuliffe told students that due to Bush’s mismanagement of the country, 70 percent of college graduates will not be able to find a job upon graduation. He also told students that if the war in Iraq continues as it has, there could be a reinstatement of the draft.

"He comes into the school and just says what he wants," City Councilor Bill St. Laurent said. "At what point does he stop his politicking to the point of scare tactics? Saying that the draft may come back, and kids cant find jobs, those are scare tactics. He is out trying to get votes. This is taxpayers money, excuse me, but this is my tax dollar and I don’t want to use my tax dollar for his pulpit."

St. Laurent said there should be a measure of checks and balances in such presentations, limiting speakers to a nonpartisan discussion.

"I am just furious. I am not saying that he can come in and bash the president and then the Republicans come in and praise the president," St. Laurent said.

"I don’t have a problem with it as long as they represent each party, be it my side or either," City Councilor Evelyn Marconi said. "I think something just really got out of hand, and I think what happened is he spoke out of turn."

According to school Superintendent Lyonel Tracy, McAuliffe was allowed to speak to the students by Principal Forrest Ransdell as a civic lesson.

"If other representatives contacted us, we would act similarly," Tracy said. "To deprive our kids of the opportunity of seeing democracy in action would be a disservice to them. The trick is that we don’t exploit these kids for their own partisan agendas."

Tracy said Republicans, Democrats, and independents have frequently come to the school to talk to students.

"Unfortunately we don’t always have control over what people say once they are introduced," Tracy said.

Aiming to ease tensions, School Board member Raimond Bowles has asked New Hampshire Republican state chairman Jayne Millerick to also speak to the social studies classes.

"All I have been trying to do is to be a sense of balance," Bowles said. "Our high school students are more than capable of making up their own minds. I have decided from the outset to get a counterpart, a titled Republican official, so that she can respond to the comments of McAuliffe on that day."

It has yet to be confirmed whether Millerick will be allowed admittance to speak by Ransdell.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: duplicationofeffort; highschool; mcauliffe; portsmouth; terrymcauliffe
What a boob. He can't even give a speech at a high school without screwing it up.

I hope he stays as Chairman another 10 years.

1 posted on 12/17/2003 7:59:03 PM PST by Reagan is King
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To: Reagan is King
I'll bet a review of that principals bank account would show big donations to the Demonic National Coven.
2 posted on 12/17/2003 8:02:07 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: Reagan is King
The guy oozes sleaze...

When Racicot was RNC chair, and they would appear together on the talking head shows, the contrast was a campaign add for Republicans just on that fact alone...

Go Terry!
3 posted on 12/17/2003 8:04:20 PM PST by antaresequity (...)
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To: Reagan is King
This looks familiar
4 posted on 12/17/2003 8:06:58 PM PST by new cruelty
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To: antaresequity
He was on Fox the other day, and the first thing out of his mouth was something about Fox selling Ann Coulter dolls. Fox has nothing to do with the dolls. Terry is nothing but Grade A swamp slime.
5 posted on 12/17/2003 8:07:12 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: new cruelty
LOL!
6 posted on 12/17/2003 8:11:10 PM PST by ConservativeMan55 (A tiger is a tiger. Some things you can't change no matter how hard you try.)
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To: antaresequity
Yep. Public schools have been espousing essentially the same diatribe for years, spoon feeding it to the children with our tax dollars. What a sweet arrangement they have. This time, the kids heard the drivel directly from the donkey's mouth. It's alarming to think kids have to listen to these clowns as so-called educators.

I still believe the worst and most grievous case was Sen. Patty Murray's (D-WA) praise of bin Laden/Taliban during a high school convocation. Unreal. Unforgettable. Unforgivable.
7 posted on 12/17/2003 8:19:43 PM PST by Soylent Democrats
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To: new cruelty
Yup, my bad. I searched for DNC Chairman and Terry McAuliffe and I forgot to change the search from "by relevance" to "by posting date" so it didn't show up on the first page. I should have used the whole title and it would have come up either way.

Either way, McAuliffe is still a boob.
8 posted on 12/17/2003 8:23:14 PM PST by Reagan is King
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To: Reagan is King
I'm sure if most of the people who provide personal donations to those schools, who are more than likely Republicans or independents, would point out that certain monies would dry up if the political visits continue this kind of thing would stop.
9 posted on 12/17/2003 8:23:43 PM PST by oyez (Incredible!)
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To: Reagan is King
Hmm.

McAuliffe, uses hair dye. Bill Clinton, uses hair dye. Gore, uses hair dye. Dean, uses hair dye. Hillary Clinton, uses hair dye. Pelosi, uses hair dye.

I have a theory that the dye sinks into their brains and makes them insane.

10 posted on 12/17/2003 8:25:40 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Guns!)
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To: Reagan is King
How despicable. And shameless. The dems have sunk to their lowest level. Until tommorrow. And the day after that, and the day after...
11 posted on 12/17/2003 8:29:06 PM PST by thatdewd
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To: thatdewd
The Dems methods are very Castro-esque in subverting public education with a social-engineered political agenda.
12 posted on 12/17/2003 8:33:56 PM PST by Soylent Democrats
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To: Reagan is King
Honestly, what did the school expect from the hard left ideologues in the democrat party?
13 posted on 12/17/2003 8:36:01 PM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: Reagan is King
"If other representatives contacted us, we would act similarly," Tracy said. "To deprive our kids of the opportunity of seeing democracy in action would be a disservice to them. The trick is that we don’t exploit these kids for their own partisan agendas."

They may have been deprived of seeing democracy in action, but they clearly saw democrats in action...spewing hate.

14 posted on 12/17/2003 8:36:31 PM PST by highlander_UW
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To: Reagan is King
SEE TAG LINE.
15 posted on 12/17/2003 10:02:59 PM PST by justrepublican (The liberal tank think is working.)
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