School board incumbent files complaint over JCTA role in meeting was in the Courier-Journal the other day but the C-J did a great job suppressing news as much as they could. Unpleasant news about the candidate who has the teachers union endorsement was buried in the print edition at the bottom of B-3. It never made an online appearance on the carousel. If it appeared on the Latest Headlines section, its appearance was fleeting.
Here are the best lines from the story by C-J’s Sean Rose:
David Toborowsky, who is challenging Wesslund, met with JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman and Brent McKim, president of the Jefferson County Teachers Association, on Oct. 12, according to the complaint.
Wesslund said the meeting may have been illegal because Toborowsky has been endorsed by the teacher’s union and is supported by a political action committee associated with JCTA called Better Schools Kentucky.
Because that group is conducting an independent campaign for Toborowsky, Wesslund said it is prohibited from coordinating any activities with the candidate during the election.
“This is something (JCTA officials) typically have not done when they are running independent campaigns,” Wesslund said. “Independent campaigns are not supposed to be done in coordination with the candidate at all.”
Wow, wow, wow.
I wish Mrs. Wesslund the best of luck with her complaint. When I contacted the Board of Elections with questions about Toborowsky’s address they had zero interest. Actually, Board of Elections employee Stephanie Campbell’s exact words were, “Per our office policy, our office accepts candidate filing papers on their face.” Or in plain English, “We don’t give a hoot so scram.”
We now have (1) rumors of McKim recruiting Toborowsky to run against Wesslund, (2) Toborowsky “moving” to 3rd District the day before the filing deadline to run for the Board of Education, (3) proof that Toborowsky’s personal finances are a mess even though he wants to oversee a billion dollar budget, (4) the allegation that Tobo met with JCTA/Better Schools Kentucky when elections laws prohibit it and (5) the possibility that Tobo is using the address of his friend’s house as his own.
Kentucky politics at its finest.