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Will a Teachers Union Fight Threaten Dems’ Control of the Colorado Governorship?

The Huffington Post wrote on Monday morning that the Democratic primary for governor of Colorado is devolving into a fight led by teachers unions.

By NTK Staff | 06.25.2018 @12:15pm
Will a Teachers Union Fight Threaten Dems’ Control of the Colorado Governorship?

Liberal Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) may be the Democratic nominee for governor of Colorado come Wednesday morning. But this week – and, potentially, into the summer and fall – he’s dealing with frustration from teachers unions that may impact the Democratic Party’s ability to keep the governor’s seat this fall.

The Huffington Post covered the teachers unions’ frustrations with Polis and their campaigning for Polis opponent Cary Kennedy on Monday morning:

Polis, the front-runner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Colorado, was kicking off a canvass for his campaign earlier this month in this Denver suburb. He had rallied about 20 volunteers in a strip mall office, and opened it up for questions.

The first question came from a woman who had received mailers from Teachers for Kennedy, a group supporting his main competition in the primary, former state treasurer and Denver Chief Financial Officer Cary Kennedy. The committee, funded by more than $1 million in donations from teachers unions, attacked Polis, who made a fortune as an internet entrepreneur and founded charter schools targeted at immigrant and homeless youth, claiming he flip-flopped on his support of vouchers for private schools. The volunteer wanted to know what to tell voters who had received the mailers.

It’s a microcosm of some of the wider divides happening in the Democratic Party in the Trump era: moderate Democrats and liberals are fighting over the direction of the party, and education is included.

The Polis-Kennedy spat, though, demonstrates that even two liberal members of the party can be engulfed in ideological battles over the future of the party. Will teachers union opposition hurt Polis if he wins the primary on Tuesday night? Or will the unions drop their concerns in the name of keeping the Colorado governor’s mansion in Democratic hands for four more years?

Polis, Kennedy, and the teachers unions won’t have long to decide, with Election Day 2018 just four-plus months away.

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