Friday, July 12, 2013

Mayor Candidate Bill Thompson Plays Both Sides

A WSJ article about how mayor candidate Bill Thompson is trying to play both sides:

After years of heated fights over New York City schools, mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson is selling himself as the peace candidate.

Mr. Thompson, a former city comptroller, has assembled an improbable coalition of schools-focused supporters that brings together a handful of warring camps, adding heft to his argument that he is best qualified to deal with city schools, but raising questions about whether he will eventually have to turn against some of his backers.

The endorsement of Mr. Thompson last week by the United Federation of Teachers was the culmination of a months-long push by the Democrat to roll up support across the education spectrum. He has dined with—and sometimes won over—the UFT's frequent nemeses, advocates of expanding charter schools.

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