by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The “war on women” isn’t just for Republicans. Left-wing organizations in New York City have launched their own misogynist crusade against former CNN anchor turned education advocate Campbell Brown.
Brown is running the Partnership for Educational Justice, which she founded to challenge teacher tenure and other rules that protect underperforming teachers.
For this, she has been on the receiving end of a sexist assault by the American Federation of Teachers and opponents of education reform. AFT President Randi Weingarten took to Twitter to accuse Brown of not being balanced in her approach to school reform because “she’s married to Romney adviser Dan Senor.”
To Weingarten, women are not people with thoughts of their own. No, they’re empty vessels who do their husband’s bidding.
In an interview last week, Brown noted to me that in all of the times her husband has expressed his opinion publicly, “never once has anyone asked him how I influence his views on anything.”
The teachers union-affiliated Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), and New York Communities for Change, which replaced the now-defunct ACORN, launched a website called “The Real Campbell Brown: Right-Wing. Elitist. Wrong about Public Schools,” which depicts Brown as a marionette holding a GOP sign, presumably because her husband is a Republican.
Brown told me that for the decades she worked in journalism, she was a political independent. After leaving the business in 2010, she registered as a Democrat to vote in the New York City primary. She later registered as a Republican for another primary. Today, she’s not registered with either party. As for political donations, she told me she has given to five campaigns, all Democrats who were supportive of school reform. These groups and teacher unions know all of this, yet they have chosen to ignore it.