Dallas Morning News reporter Christy Hoppe misrepresented the political action committee Back to Basics as a “pro-education and teacher group.” The outfit, founded and bank rolled by trial lawyer Steve Mostyn is anti-conservative and was established to influence political outcomes not promote education and teachers.
Hoppe is helping Back to Basics at a time with liberal groups in Texas are changing their stripes in preparation for the 2012 election cycle. Liberals are re-branding themselves and using limited resources to develop an education centric go for broke “we do it for the kids” campaign.
School bureaucrats in central administration offices will be helping with this ploy by using tax dollars to fund lawsuits and complain about being underfunded despite having more money than ever flowing into school coffers.
Contrary to Hoppe’s portrayal most Texans will know Back to Basics for spending the entire summer of 2010 running negative ads against Rick Perry and other GOP candidates. A news search of when the group was most active reveals that it did not have an emphasis on education. Instead, Back to Basics’ message was consistently elect Democrats to office especially former Mayor of Houston Bill White who was running for governor.
Similarly to the recently exposed liberal front group Honest Texans Back to Basics did its best to look conservative in 2010 in order to siphon off conservative votes. If Honest Texans and Back to Basics were open about their policy proposals Texans would turn and run. Instead, they attack the right from the right and work to elect liberals.
Voters should be wary of media reports putting forth “pro-education” groups as liberals once again co-opt Texas children for their electoral ends.