It’s kind of rude to say a State Senator is making crap up. Worse to say he’s lying. So let’s just say that Senator Fort is “speculating” on the future of State School Superintendent candidate Alisha Thomas Morgan. From Creative Loafing:
“THOMAS MAY SWITCH TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!! A recent post has reminded me that there are many people who believe that Alisha Thomas Morgan may switch to the Republican Party if she wins. Think about it… She takes money from right-wing extremist Republicans who support the Confederate flag and restrictions on voting rights; she works with Republicans like Nathan Deal on pushing vouchers and for-profit charter schools; and helps to recruit opponents to run against Democrats. JUST SAY NO TO ALISHA THOMAS MORGAN ON JULY 22!!!”
“There are many people who believe” – nice passive voice to avoid any accountability for manufacturing this wild ass statement. While Senator Carter and Michelle Nunn are bending over backwards to show they can be centrist or even center right, what upsets Fort and other establishment Dems about Morgan? She’s for School Choice? You know who else is? Most of the Democratic base, that’s who. Take Clayton County and DeKalb county, presumably two of the largest counties for Democratic votes next Tuesday. They passed the State Charter School Amendment with 71 and 64 percent of the vote, respectively.
Senator Fort is anti-choice. And he has no tolerance for anyone who is. Thus his lashing out at Morgan, because a win for her is a loss for him. Period.
Despite this manufactured talking point, let’s look at the possibility of Morgan changing parties. As State School Super, she would likely be the highest profile Democrat elected statewide, in a state that even Republicans begrudgingly admit is trending purple. Why would she become a Republican when she would have a front row seat at shaping the Democratic Party that will be the future? The fact is, she wouldn’t. But Fort doesn’t want her in that seat, for that reason.
Democrats can win on the school choice issue, and this scares Fort and others that want to protect the status quo and lock children in failing schools. Alisha Thomas Morgan wants none of that. And thus, she has to be branded as something she isn’t, to protect the status quo for the current generation Dems.