Michael Greenway, a Boise State University student challenging Rep. Reed DeMordaunt in Tuesday's GOP primary, criticized the incumbent's support of the Students Come First K-12 overhaul.
Wrote Greenway, in a rebuttal to our Tuesday endorsement, "DeMourdaunt voted for a bill that literally replaced teachers with computers in the classroom. This does not help our education system, it hurts our education system. We as a community must come together and recognize the importance of teachers."
Greenway also said he would favor allowing college students to carry guns on campuses, and a bill making gang membership a felony.
Here is Greenway's full rebuttal:
My name is Michael Greenway and I am running for the state Legislature in District 14 House Seat B.
I believe we need a Republican in the state Legislature who will stand up for education. Education is an investment in the future that we must make today. My opponent Reed DeMordaunt voted for a bill that literally replaced teachers with computers in the classroom. This does not help our education system, it hurts our education system. We as a community must come together and recognize the importance of teachers. Teachers are not overpaid babysitters, they are underpaid educators. This is why I believe in increasing starting teacher pay to $40,000. This can be done. It is not an impossible task. This state needs to invest more in our teachers and if I am elected I will fight very hard to get this done. I also believe that we should increase funding to higher education, with strings attached. This money would only be used to lower tuition costs and make a college education more affordable.
If elected I will work very hard to make Idaho a more free society. This is why I will vote against the ultrasound bill. Government, state or federal has no right to force an individual to buy a product he or she doesn't want. I will also introduce legislation to allow college students to carry guns on campus; I was very disappointed that the Republican-dominated Legislature failed to pass a bill that would allow students to carry guns on campus. As a college student I have come to the conclusion that there may be times when it will be necessary to have a gun for one's self protection.
If elected I will be tough on crime. I will introduce a bill that would make it a felony in the state of Idaho to belong to any gang. This felony would carry a minimum fiv-year prison sentence. We must crack down on gangs before they get out of control. Gangs are evil and they destroy communities. Idaho is one of few states that doesn’t have a terrible gang problem, and this legislation would help keep it that way.
I am not afraid to work with members of the opposite party. This country was founded on the principle of compromise, and I still believe in that principle today. Compromise doesn't mean bending over backwards and giving in to your opponents. Compromise means giving a little to get a little. Compromise is still possible in today's society; we just have to work hard at it. Vote Michael Greenway on May 15, and I will work with both Republicans and Democrats to make a better tomorrow for our state.