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|NEA Republican Caucus Hijacked|
With the assistance of NEA lobbyist Randall Moody, Shawna Adam helped organize a coup to oust the previous chairwoman of the caucus at the July 2004 NEA convention. Moody coordinates the union's political activities, which overwhelmingly support Democrats.
Following a dinner meeting with NEA president Reg Weaver, Adam was elected as the new chairwoman at the July 2005 Republican Caucus meeting prompting four of the six officers and more than three-quarters of the caucus members - 132 of 167 - to quit. The 35 who remained were joined by 35 new members.
Adam promptly led a union march against California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's fiscal and school reform efforts (see related article on this page) and persuaded the convention delegates to commit $171,125 for a campaign against education policies of the Bush administration, Republican governors and state legislatures with whom the NEA disagrees. Her resolution, which was adopted by the NEA convention, was reportedly written by an NEA staff officer.
"NEA Republicans [should] take on the GOP agenda to change the anti-public education to pro-public education. NEA Republicans are the obvious choice to change their party from within, help infiltrate the Republican Party with an anti-voucher agenda," Adam told delegates.
The NEA Conservative Educators Caucus signed up numerous disaffected Republicans in the wake of the Adam takeover of the Republican caucus. Sissy Jochmann, chairwoman of the Conservative Educators Caucus, noted that such Republicans "are not finding the Republican caucus representing their views." (Washington Times, 7-7-05)