RINO Senators Betray Trump for Thirty Pieces of Silver

One of Donald Trump’s top nominees in trouble, thanks to two spineless establishment Republicans who have received thousands of dollars from teacher’s unions. As the Free Beacon’s Bill McMorris reports:

The two Republicans who broke ranks with their party and announced they would vote against education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have received thousands of dollars from the nation’s largest teachers union.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) and Susan Collins (R., Maine) have each benefited from contributions from the National Education Association. Collins received $2,000 from the union in 2002 and 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Murkowski, meanwhile, has received $23,500.

The NEA represents 3 million members, making it the wealthiest and most influential union in the country. The NEA, along with other labor groups like the American Federation of Teachers, has waged a fierce campaign against DeVos, a billionaire philanthropist and school choice activist.

Teachers unions donate almost exclusively to Democrats. The NEA contributed $2.3 million to Democratic candidates in 2016, while Republican nominees received $350,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The top beneficiaries of union largesse have already voted against DeVos’ nomination at the committee level. The union donated $740,000 to the 11 Democratic members of that committee—all 11 attempted to prevent the nomination from reaching the Senate floor.

Murkowski received a 100 percent rating on a 2012 NEA Report Card, while Collins received a 75 percent rating—the only Republicans to earn marks above 50 percent from the group. Each senator has earned straight-A marks from the union since 2014.

The move was slammed by conservatives. Inez Feltscher Stepman, Director of ALEC’s Education and Development Task Force, hit hardest:


Stepman is right on the money. School choice programs aren’t just wildly popular with conservative voters, but they’re popular with urban minority voters whose kids are held hostage in poor schools, due in large part to teacher’s union influence. 

With their vote today, Murkowksi and Collins have expressed that they don’t care about conservative voters, and that they don’t care about providing opportunities to poor children in failing schools. Conservative voters in Maine and Alaska should remember this moment of cowardly opportunism and act accordingly.


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