Democratic congressional candidate Dan McCready claimed on Aug. 11 that Republican opponent Dan Bishop doesn’t believe in public schools.
But Bishop may be justified in making the same charge against McCready.
An entrepreneur and former Marine Corps captain, McCready is running in a special election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District against Bishop, a state senator.
At a Fayetteville, North Carolina, NAACP candidate forum, McCready declared that Republicans like Bishop “do anything they can to conduct a war on schools,” The Washington Free Beacon reported.
“Someone told me in Fairmont, which is a small town in Robeson County — a substitute teacher for 14 years. When she started she made $14 an hour,” McCready said.
“Guess what she makes right now? 14 years later. Ten. 14 years later — She started at $14 an hour. She’s making $10.”
“This is what these politicians like state Sen. Bishop do,” McCready continued.
“They don’t believe in public schools. They do anything they can to conduct a war on schools.”
McCready could well be asked what level of support it takes to “believe in” public schools.
The North Carolina Democrat seems to prefer private education when it comes to his children.
As The Daily Caller News Foundation reported, McCready sends some of his children to Trinity Episcopal School, “a Charlotte-based private school with a tuition rate close to $18,000 per student.”
McCready has even served on the school’s board, according to the DCNF.
Yet he still stood in front of an audience and said that “I really believe that some of these politicians don’t actually believe in public schools.”
The McCready campaign responded to the DCNF in a statement.
“As a product of North Carolina public schools, Dan McCready believes in public education and ending the attacks on our public schools by people like State Senator Dan Bishop and [Education Secretary] Betsy DeVos,” McCready’s spokesman Matthew Fried said.
“He and his wife chose to send their kids to a small Christian school to receive a faith-based education, and they find it shameful that politician Dan Bishop is attacking their kids.”
While there’s nothing inherently hypocritical in supporting the public school system and choosing private schooling for your own family, McCready’s personal choices make his attack on Bishop look all the more disingenuous.
The race between McCready and Bishop is a “statistical dead heat,” according to a recent Washington Times report.
Trump carried the 9th District by 11 points in the 2016 presidential election.
The special election will be held on Sep. 10, 2019.
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