Cortez Masto Comes Out Against Sandoval Reform She Claimed To Have Backed
Earlier today while speaking to the media, Catherine Cortez Masto finally decided to take a position on school choice. After months of dodging questions and dancing around the issue, the career politician sided with her campaign donors in opposing Education Savings Accounts (ESA’s).
Cortez Masto’s opposition is curious considering her stated support for Governor Sandoval’s education reforms in her campaign ads. She appears to have forgotten that one of the key reforms signed into law by the Governor was an ESA program, which she has now decided to oppose:
An even more controversial measure, signed into law by Sandoval on Tuesday, will provide grants for a child’s education that are 90 percent of the state’s average per-student funding. That money would go into an education savings account for the child. Under the measure, the state would oversee the spending by issuing the parents coded debit cards that can only be used for approved expenditures. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 3, 2015)
While she claims to be a supporter of Governor Sandoval’s reforms, Catherine Cortez Masto has now decided to take a position that directly opposes a key pillar to them. While it is no secret that Cortez Masto will take positions on political expediency ahead of principle, it is beyond the pale for her to run ads hugging the Governor’s education plan and opposing it only a few short weeks later. This further proves that Catherine Cortez Masto is nothing more than a career politician beholden to her campaign donors, completely unfit to represent Nevada students and families in the Senate.
A Note On Cortez Masto’s Donors:
Cortez Masto’s campaign has been bankrolled by groups that have ties to anti-school choice associations. The Rogers Foundation, which has donated heavily to Cortez Masto’s campaign, founded Educate Nevada Now, a group supporting the current lawsuit challenging ESA’s before the Nevada Supreme Court. Cortez Masto has also been in the pocket of teachers’ unions since beginning her campaign, including the NEA which vocally opposes ESA’s.
-John Burke, Nevada Republican Party Director Of Rapid Response