David Schapira's campaign spokesperson, unable to defend Schapira's mistaken vote in favor of a Jan Brewer school vouchers bill, sought this morning to deliberately mislead voters into believing that Andrei Cherny supports private school vouchers. He does not.
Schapira's spokesperson quoted a single line from Cherny's 2001 book, The Next Deal: "The biggest problem with [school] vouchers is not that they are too radical, but that they are not radical enough."
But Schapira's spokesperson intentionally left out the rest of the paragraph, which makes certain that Cherny strongly opposes vouchers.
"While draining funds from the public schools and giving them to private academies, these vouchers would, under most serious proposals, only go to a select small number of the poorest children and would not be nearly enough to get them out of deteriorating public schools. . . . These vouchers would be a leaky lifeboat for a lucky few that would worsen the plight of all other children. They would sacrifice America's greatest unifying institution, put public money into private hands without any accountability, and have little impact on the vast majority of schools and schoolchildren."
This is not the first time Schapira's campaign has deliberately misled voters.
Just a few months ago, former Attorney General Terry Goddard was critical of the Schapira and Sinema campaigns when they chose "to smear [Cherny] for views they know perfectly well he does not hold."