Friday, September 12, 2003

The Senator From Chappaquiddick Strikes Again

Breaking News:

Kennedy Pledges to Defeat School Voucher Bill
By Lolita C. Baldor
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Edward Kennedy plans to do everything he can to defeat the proposed use of school vouchers in the nation's capital, his spokesman said Thursday.

Voucher supporters are trying to change his mind and will run a television ad in his home state of Massachusetts next week questioning the Democrat's commitment to civil rights.

Kennedy's spokesman, Jim Manley, said that would not stop the senator from trying to block legislation in the Senate legislation that would give private school vouchers to students in the District of Columbia. Kennedy has not ruled out any legislative tactic, including a filibuster, Manley said.

The measure would provide $13 million so that thousands of low-income students could go to private schools and receive up to $7,500 to defray the costs. A similar bill passed in the House by one vote, but opponents believe they can stall the bill in the Senate.

Manley said Kennedy plans to offer an amendment to drop the voucher program from the bill and put the money into improving the city's public schools.

The executive director of D.C. Parents for School Choice, the group behind the new ad, said, "We're frustrated to hear he is so adamantly opposed to this. The Kennedys were always very supportive of fairness and of people getting what they deserve."

The ad shows scenes from the civil rights movement in the South. Virginia Walden-Ford, the executive director, talks in the voice-over about growing up with segregation and knowing that the late Sen. Robert Kennedy fought for equal rights.

"Senator Kennedy, your brothers fought for us," she says in the ad. "Why do you fight against us?"

Kennedy has said the voucher plan will take money from public schools and give it to private schools that do not have to meet as many testing and accountability requirements.

The appropriations bill that includes the voucher plan could come up in the Senate next week.

What a scumbag! And to think there are people who makes this worthless hypocrite out to be some sort of hero!