Internal Democrat polls must indicate the allegedly non-partisan Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal is in severe trouble in his race against hard-charging challenger Maia Espinoza.
The panicked education establishment, consisting of the Washington Education Association and the Democrat Party, were forced to call in Governor Jay Inslee and even far-Left Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal to lob false accusations at Espinoza. (BTW – is it a sound political strategy to fight the message that Reykdal is too extreme to lead our schools by having Representative Jayapal, who makes Bernie Sanders look moderate, lead his defense?)
Reykdal is rightfully taking heat for the failure of the Washington State school system he allegedly “leads” being woefully ill-prepared for the technological necessities of distance learning, and then not including any online educators in his “Reopening Schools 2020-2021 Workgroup” membership.
Many have criticized Reykdal’s office for not adequately assisting school districts as they attempt to resume in-person instruction this Fall. Reykdal is also the author of the very controversial “Sex Ed for Kindergartners” legislation, which led parents to successfully collect a record-breaking 266,000 signatures (despite government imposed signature-gathering restrictions) to place Referendum-90 on the ballot to overturn the law.
Reykdal has also received significant criticism for bringing partisan politics to his non-partisan office by posting his infamous tweet on 2019 election night, when it became evident I-976 (car tabs initiative) would pass, demanding Democrat legislators “step up” and punish counties which supported the measure.
The confident Espinoza is taking all the Democrats’ typical negative tactics in stride, saying, “if that’s what you’re falling back on, then clearly we’re doing something right.”
We will give the Reykdal campaign some credit though for recognizing that their candidate has such high negatives they have excluded any image of him in his television commercials.