American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten raised some eyebrows Monday when she publicly listed [http://bit.ly/1phg7cx] the candidates she plans to vote for - and did not include Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Instead, she called out the incumbent, writing: "I am deeply disappointed and appalled by Gov. Cuomo's recent statement that public education is a 'monopoly' that needs to be busted up." Education historian Diane Ravitch jumped on the statement with a blog post titled "Randi is NOT Voting for Cuomo." That turned out not to be accurate. Or, then again, maybe it was. 'I didn't say I would, didn't say I wouldn't," Weingarten told Morning Education. "I said it's painful and heartbreaking.' In other words, she's keeping her vote for governor secret. At least for now.
Few people in public life can spew as much verbiage while saying so little of consequence as Randi Weingarten.
As I posted last night, her statement on the AFT website criticizing Andrew Cuomo for his anti-public school statements is essentially meaningless.
There's been a furor over Weingarten's defending Cuomo's statements as "campaign rhetoric," so she felt the need to push back publicly.
But nothing about Weingarten's and the AFT's refusal to stand up to Andrew Cuomo has changed.
That's been obvious if you watch what she and the AFT do and listen less to what she and they say.
That strategy hasn't changed any this past week - not with her earlier defense of Cuomo nor her equivocating critique of him now that she feels pressure to say something critical about him.