Former United Federation of Teachers VP Leo Casey Tries to Twitter-slam Me
I have been asked numerous times to join Twitter. The response I offer to this request: I haven’t the time to keep up with Twitter.
That doesn’t mean that I do not occasionally become the topic of a Twitter exchange, however.
Apparently such an exchange began on July 10, 2014, between New York City teacher Arthur Goldstein and former United Federation of Teachers VP Leo Casey. The exchange also includes Kathleen Casey, Leo’s sister.
According to Leo Casey, I “spin conspiracy theories” and that “anyone who disagrees with me” is “in league with the devil.”
Below is the Goldstein-Casey exchange, apparently over my post about American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten’s July 8, 2014, reluctant admission that she is a member of the secretive Democracy Alliance.
[Leo Casey] Why stop here? There’s always the illuminati to expose.http://t.co/4yNC37Ra2O<-PAXP-deijE.gif> Randi Weingarten, Twitter, and ‘Secret Society’ Membership m.huffpost.com
[Quote] I wonder exactly what “progressive agenda advancing” organizations Weingarten and her sidekick Ringuette have decided to “invest” in on behalf of AFT members. Just don’t ask her about those investment specifics….
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Kathleen Casey Who is Mercedes Schneider? 10 July at 19:02 ·Like
Leo Casey She spins conspiracy theories about progressives on the theory that anyone who disagrees with her is in league with the devil.
Arthur Goldstein Mercedes is a public school teacher, a former college professor, a thinker and a writer who’s regularly acknowledged and published byDiane Ravitch. She recently published a book. I’ve spent time with her. She’s quick-witted and soft-spoken. It’s disappointing to see ad hominem attacks against her containing no evidence whatsoever to refute her arguments. It’s further disappointing to see absurd notions planted in her mouth.Yesterday at 07:56 · Like
Leo Casey All you need to do is read the latest missive, attached to the original post, with her latest conspiracy theory attack on Randi Weingarten, to know where the truth lies. If it was the first time, you could write it off as aberration and a lapse of judgment. Instead, it is a well-established pattern. Yesterday at 10:36 · Like
Arthur Goldstein On the other hand, that’s a straw man. An argument is a demonstration something she says is incorrect. Yesterday at 11:50 · Like
Kathleen Casey It’s a pity that an organization working hard to help teachers (and students and schools) is been attacked this way. What is the motivation of those mounting these personal attacks? Yesterday at 12:09 · Like
There you have it. Schneider the Conspiracy Theorist.
Interestingly, Casey offered no word over my defense of AFT and Weingarten when attacked by the Center for Union Facts (CUF)– the one about the five-story billboard in Times Square— nor did he refer to my defense of my tempered behavior at the Network for Public Education conference in Austin.
Leadership should answer to membership. Imagine my expecting as much.
Then again, I have signed no Unity Oath stating I will not publicly disagree with union leadership. I even go so far as to openly question the AFT president (gasp!) on her repeated, corporate-reform-friendly actions. This must mean– to borrow his words against me and turn them onto him– according to Leo Casey, I am “in league with the devil.”
You want to tweet about your displeasure with me, Leo?
Go for it.
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