As most readers know, Pennsylvania’s race for Senate is one of the most-watched across the country to potentially swing the upper body of Congress back to the GOP, with Democrat candidate John Fetterman facing off against Republican candidate Mehmet Oz in the purple state.
Of course, Fetterman’s unforced errors and inability to put on a semblance of a real campaign make for prime fodder for ridicule–since they’re attempting to pass his campaign off as running the way a normal Senate campaign should.
One of the most glaring issues is of him not agreeing to debate the Republican nominee–as my colleague Bonchie pointed out earlier this week, not because the Keystone state lieutenant governor holds a slight, five-point lead in August and doesn’t want to shine a spotlight on Oz, but because videos show he can’t hack it after suffering a stroke before the Democrat primary.
But there might be another reason Fetterman is ducking a debate with his opponent. As the Washington Free Beacon reports, Fetterman is showing with his actions he’s just another progressive elite who thinks “rules for thee, but not for me,” when it comes to educating the children of the Commonwealth:
Pennsylvania Senate hopeful John Fetterman (D.) opposes vouchers that let children in failing public school districts attend private and charter schools. But the progressive champion, who lives in one of Pennsylvania’s worst performing school districts, sends his kids to an elite prep school.
Fetterman’s kids attend the Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, where parents pay up to $34,250 for a “dynamic” learning environment and an “innovative” approach to teaching. They would otherwise go to schools in Woodland Hills School District, where graduation rates are far below the state average. The local elementary school that serves Fetterman’s town of Braddock is in the bottom 15 percent of the state in academic performance. Fetterman and his wife Gisele have sent at least one of their three kids to Winchester Thurston for the past seven years.
Winchester Thurston has a 100 percent college acceptance rate, and an average SAT score of 1330, well above state averages. Woodland Hills, the district the Fetterman kids would otherwise attend, has just an 85 percent high school graduation rate, far below the state average. Woodland Hills has a 75 percent minority student body.
Fetterman’s campaign tries to contrast him as a working-class brand of candidate, by doing things like pointing to Mehmet Oz’s multiple homes and so forth. But that won’t wash, when the facts are put on the table for voters about who he actually is.
It’s not hard to see how this blatant hypocrisy on Fetterman’s part about education only helps Oz, whom two recent polls show is within striking distance of overtaking the Democrat in November. The ground-shaking lesson we learned from Glenn Youngkin‘s win in Virginia’s 2021 gubernatorial race can’t be forgotten; Republicans, if they’re smart, will take this ball and run with it.