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Teachers Protest at Romney Rally

About a dozen members of the United School Employees of Pasco turned out to protest prior to Gov. Mitt Romney's appearance at Land O' Lakes High School.

Their matching blue T-shirts spelled out their stance clearly: “Educators For Obama 2012.”

As a seemingly never-ending stream of Mitt Romney supporters waited in line to enter Lakes High School's John Benedetto Stadium, about a dozen members of the United School Employees of Pasco stood in protest around 4 p.m.

“When we found out this would take place, we could not let it go by without some kind of counter,” said Kenny Blankenship, instructional vice president of the USEP. “The superintendent allowed it to happen. It’s a violation of school district policy.”

By “it,” Blankenship was referring to the fact the district allowed Romney to speak. This, Blankenship said, is a violation of the district's own policy. Alex Sink, a Democrat, had been denied a request to film a commercial on a Pasco school campus when she was running for governor.

 The school board, however, did allow Democratic Vice President Joe Biden to appear at Oakstead Elementary School in Land O' Lakes when he was trying to bolster support for the American Jobs Act.

Blankenship and his fellow educators were also in attendance to show their support for the sitting president.

Why are they voting Democratic?

“It’s not a matter of us being in love with Obama,” Blankenship explained. “His policies are less damning. Would you rather go with the guy who is going to beat you up or the guy who is going to kill you? I’ll take the guy who is going to beat me up.”

Dennis M October 27, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Another idiot response by an uninformed individual. You sir, are the uninformed idiot!
John Wonderfull October 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM
If I were a republican teacher supporting Romney I would be very concern over your tax dollars comment. Are you aware that Romney Ryan plan is to 'fire' teachers,policemen, firemen and so on to balance the budget? Be careful about what you are asking for. I respect you being a Romney/Ryan supporter, but do not forget it is your tax dollars that is footing the bill when Romney refuse to pay his FAIR share on his $25Million annual income. Also, my tax dollars will continue to pay our courageous teachers who are building our Nation,s future, so I give them the right to stand up for what they believe. "Four More Years"
Anthony p. October 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM
He isn't you going to fire teachers and firemen you idiot. Just because Obama wants to hire unneeded teachers and Romney doesn't want them to save money doesn't mean he is going to fire them. You sir just list to all the propaganda Obama has thrown out there because he has no policy to run on.
Concerned Citizen October 28, 2012 at 09:35 PM
For a school to allow this is insane but it should speak volumes to the kind of stance LOL High will take and students and teachers better start praying NOW!
Kathy Lambert November 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Jeff Solochek of the Pasco Times was dealing pretty nice with me by phone about the school district situation. He was asking me what I thought of the current way the District was organized. I said, too fractionalized, like a broken mirror. Well, he was concerned repeating the phrase, "that woman, that woman" like she is the one causing so much grief. but he didn't mean Heather. He meant Renalia DuBose. Yeah, then Luikart answered me on the phone that he thought Shibley was a perfect employee, that I shouldn't blame Shibley because he was only acting on orders from those above him, (meaning Renalia DuBose) Then all of a sudden when I texted Jeff that I would need help from the union guys, Kenny Blankenship and Robert Marsh, to learn more about the principals, suddenly Jeff lost any motivation to deal with me. Hmm. Wonder why. could it be the Super and her staff are too smart to risk falling in with a flake like me and that they would sooner be loyal Republicans than join up with a union sympathizer, hey, I was praying I wouldn't win. Trust me. The two hired by Heather are going. The two fired by Heather are coming back. That's what will go down unless of course better deals are made with others in the top rung, like at the county level, not schools. Sincerely, Kat Lambert and thanks Kelli for the coverage you did give me. Love to all you teachers who get too wrapped up in all of it for your own good. XOX

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