Klein campaign calls GOP challenger West ‘radical’ for proposal to abolish federal Department of Educationby George Bennett | July 14th, 2010
BOCA RATON — Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Klein’s campaign is blasting Republican challenger Allen West for saying last year that the U.S. Department of Education should be abolished.
West’s campaign manager says the fact that two-term incumbent Klein is going on the offensive shows he’s “desperate” and doesn’t want to run on his record.
Klein’s campaign today assembled three retired teachers — two of whom are active in Palm Beach County Democratic politics, the third a former Broward County teachers union leader — and a high school student to speak out against West’s “radical policies.”
In a speech last November that’s posted on YouTube (look around the 8:35 mark), West said there are “a couple of agencies up there” in Washington “that have to go.”
“The first one would be the Department of Energy,” West said, because it has failed to make the U.S. energy independent.
“Another agency would be the Department of Education because our education status has gone down since we’ve had the Department of Education,” West says on the video.
West stands by the remarks, says his campaign manager, Josh Grodin.
“Since the Department of Education was first established, it hasn’t done what it set out to do…It’s just another layer of bureaucracy that is failing to improve the educational system.”
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