Romney in Pasco: Should He Be Allowed at a School?
Pasco County School District officials are taking heat for their decision to allow Gov. Mitt Romney to speak. We want to hear what you think!
As Gov. Mitt Romney prepares for his visit to Pasco County tomorrow, some people are crying foul over the school district’s decision to allow the rally at Land O’ Lakes High School.
The United School Employees of Pasco say the district has violated its own policy by allowing a political rally to take place on the 20325 Gator Lane campus, according to a story in The Tampa Tribune.
Republican school superintendent Heather Fiorentino and the largely Republican school board were asked by former gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, a Democrat, to use a Pasco school classroom to film a commercial two years ago.
That request was denied, but the Romney request wasn’t.
The district is now saying Romney’s request is different. It’s not to film a commercial. Instead officials have likened it to any organization requesting to rent a public school for a public event.
State Democratic officials aren’t so sure.
"I think it's a huge double standard, and I think the Romney campaign needs to change their venue," Florida Democratic Party Vice Chair Alison Morano told the Tribune. "If the Romney camp is going to act like political hacks, they should go somewhere else and do it."
The school district, however, did allow Vice President Joe Biden to pay a visit to Oakstead Elementary last year. It could be argued that Biden's appearance was also political in nature. The Democrat came to Land O' Lakes as part of a tour to raise support for the American Jobs Act.
What do you think? Should the Pasco County School District allow Romney to speak at Land O' Lakes High? Should it have said no? Share your thoughts in the comments section.