Fort blasts fellow Democrat Morgan for taking Republican positions

If state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan, D-Austell, wins the Democratic primary in her race for Georgia superintendent, she’ll have to do it without the backing of one of her more prominent party colleagues.

State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, wrote Morgan a letter Thursday morning asking that she return the “hundreds of dollars that I have donated to you since you began running for office.”

Fort, who is supporting former City Schools of Decatur school board member Valarie Wilson in the superintendent’s race, has long been a critic of Morgan, whom he says is aligned with some of the “worst folks” in the Republican Party.

Morgan has supported school choice options like charter schools and tax credits to offset private school tuition assistance, rubbing Fort and some other Democrats the wrong way. Other Democrats have fumed in silent as Morgan has taken positions typically held by Republicans. Fort, not so much.

“You have voted for tax credit vouchers for private schools,” Fort wrote. “These tax credit vouchers have siphoned off tens of millions of dollars that could have been used to support public education. You also have voted for and worked to pass the 2012 charter school amendment. During that effort, you worked with the right-wing Koch Brothers and Walton family who dumped hundreds of thousands into Georgia to pass that amendment which will in effect create a dual private school system in Georgia.”

A campaign spokesman for Morgan, who has received more than $30,000 in campaign donations from school choice supporters, said she will have a response to Fort’s letter later today.

By Wayne Washington
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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