HB 7099, the largest potential expansion to date of school vouchers in Florida will pass the House Choice and Innovation Committee today (aka the voucher committee).
The Florida Squeeze obtained two videos where Florida pro-voucher leader Doug Tuthill, himself a one-time liberal Democrat talking about how political contributions and playing in Democratic primaries has moved support for vouchers from a lone Democrat in 2001 to half the caucus by 2011.
Watch the first video in his own words on using political contributions to move Democrats on the issue.
This clip helps explain the drift of Democrats towards the public school privatization ideas of conservative think tanks that we have discussed in the past.
In the following clip Tuthill in a Q and A talks about using lower income children and families as the face of the program thus building corporate support and boxing in some Democrats politically .
Here Tuthill shows the strategy to build corporate support and put “liberal” Democrats in an uncomfortable political situation.
We are working on obtaining more pro-voucher material to get a sense on how these groups operate and play politically and will release those when we obtain them.