Who McAuliffe Chose as Final Surrogate May Be His Campaign's 'Dumbest Move' Yet

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Posted: Nov 02, 2021 8:20 AM
Who McAuliffe Chose as Final Surrogate May Be His Campaign's 'Dumbest Move' Yet

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In a campaign where education has been the key issue, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe chose as his last surrogate American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. 

Having the anti-student, anti-parent union boss, a controversial figure and major Biden ally, as a speaker at the Democrat’s final rally in Virginia raised eyebrows. 

Last month, the American Federation of Teachers ran a cable and broadcast ad in support of McAuliffe, claiming the Democrat has a "track record..[of] engaging directly with parents and teachers," despite previous statements that he doesn't believe parents should be involved in what schools teach. 

"The same education union that fought to keep Virginia schools closed and students trapped at home in front of screens just spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a TV ad to elect Terry McAuliffe," Republican Glenn Youngkin said in response. "They know McAuliffe will protect unions instead of doing what is right for kids."

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