Fla. Teacher Union Bosses Mortgage HQ to Defeat Jeb Bush

Fla. teacher union bosses have more than doubled the mortgage on their own headquarters to support the Dem. candidate for Gov., Bill McBride, against incumbent Jeb Bush.

On Dec. 20, 2000, just one week after Al Gore conceded the pres. election to George W. Bush, the Fla. Educ. Assn. (FEA) signed a new mortgage on its HQ in the state capital of Tallahassee, more than doubling its debt/equity from just over $1 million to $2.7 million. FEA officials have spent some $1.5 million, representing nearly 90% of the increased equity, to support McBride’s campaign against Gov. Bush.

FEA president Maureen Dinnen claimed that in May 2001, the union’s delegate assembly gave her “not exactly a blank check” to defeat Bush for his support of student vouchers and standardized testing of teachers. However, that authorization came five months after the new mortgage. [Bernadette Malone, National Review Online, http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-malone102102.asp]