Sure MORE garnered 40% of the votes in the high schools.
Sure voter returns in the election fell 10,000 from the last time around.
Sure more retirees voted than active members.
But the important thing is, Mike Mulgrew won re-election with 84% and now it's time to party.
Mulgrew issued a victory statement on ICE-UFT blog via his spokesperson, Raving Lunatic.
Here it is:
What's important here is we win, you lose. 40% of high school votes yields you nothing, yet earns me another three years at 52 Broadway. Tomorrow, while you're all teaching five classes, I'll be going out to lunch. I will remain out to lunch until you vote us out, at which time I shall retire, collect two pensions, move to Boca, and continue voting for Unity.
Actually this was his real victory statement:
“I’m honored that thousands of UFT members have supported my reelection,” Mulgrew said in a statement. “I look forward to working with them for the next three years as we continue to fight for the best for our students, their families, and our schools.”
Those of us who teach our five classes and do our hall patrols and bathroom watches and sit through weekly Common Core PD's and have our preps taken for "common planning time" and worry about Danielson and APPR and getting VAMMED know that Raving Lunatic's victory speech, while not the factual one Mulgrew gave, is actually the more accurate one.