Skip to comments.DNC chairmanís school visit sparks anger among Portsmouth city officials
Posted on 12/17/2003 7:59:02 PM PST by Reagan is King
DNC chairmans 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 chairmans 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 Bushs term of office.
During the presentation, McAuliffe told students that due to Bushs 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 dont 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 dont 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 dont 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 dont 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.
I hope he stays as Chairman another 10 years.
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.
They may have been deprived of seeing democracy in action, but they clearly saw democrats in action...spewing hate.
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