Thursday, November 08, 2007

Byrne To Back A Communist?

Wow, I can't imagine any governor, or wannabe governor, seeking his help after Byrne's meltdown. I thought I'd heard it all, until I read the article from Forbes.
A day after Utah's school-voucher program was wiped out, the chief financial backer of the movement accused voters Wednesday of being insensitive to minorities...

...also said he would take his voucher campaign to black churches in South Carolina.

But The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People opposed Utah's voucher program, saying it would lead to segregated schools.

Ok, so the above wasn't a melt down. Here it comes:
In a phone interview with the AP, Byrne blasted Huntsman, who signed the voucher law but didn't do much to try to persuade voters that it was worth keeping. Byrne gave $75,000 to Huntsman's campaign for governor in 2004.

"He said, 'I am going to be the voucher governor.' He said this was his No. 1 priority. He said this was going to be his legacy," Byrne recalled. "The moment Jon Huntsman becomes Gov. Huntsman, all this changed."

Awww, was Governor Huntsman not for sale? Well, maybe someone else will be.
"I can say definitively he has lost my trust," Byrne said of Huntsman. "I think that he, as a governor, he's house-sitting in the governor's mansion to the day Utah elects an actual governor.

"I don't care if he's communist. I wouldn't care where he was politically," Byrne said. "If any opponent emerged, he would have my unqualified support."

Wow, a communist? Impressive Mr. Byrne. Impressive. Just hope they don't find out how badly you piss your pants when you don't get your way.
The event was turned into a TV ad for the pro-voucher group, Parents for Choice in Education, although Byrne claims the governor's staff demanded the ad be pulled.

"I don't want to be mean, but I do want the citizens to know what really went on behind the scenes," Byrne said.

Well, let him go throw his money away elsewhere. I'm with JM Bell, no more of my money is heading his way.
"He clearly does not understand the African-American community," Jeanetta Williams said. "For him to think all he needs to do is go to the black churches and throw his money around and win support - that's not the case. It angers me."

All of the above is in addition to his other hissy fit, which was summarized this way by Crooks and Liars:
Got that? Disagree with the right on voucher schemes that don’t work, and you’re a child-hating moron.

Haven’t guys like Byrne ever heard of losing with dignity? Maybe a little class?

h/t paramaphil)

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