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Fort blasts fellow Democrat Morgan for taking Republican positions

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State Sen Vincent Fort gives remarks. Demonstrators with the "Fast for Families Across America" tour arrive at the MLK Jr. Historic Site in Atlanta Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
Fort blasts fellow Democrat Morgan for taking Republican positions photo
Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan, D-Austell

By Wayne Washington

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.”

Morgan responded to Fort with a letter of her own, where she said she was “disappointed” he rescinded his financial support. She also refuted his charge that her positions have harmed public education.

“As a mother of a first-grader in public school, I am committed to improving public school education in the state of Georgia for all children,” she wrote. “While politics may be a full-contact partisan sport, children aren’t Democrat or Republican. I make no apologies for collaborating with members of both parties to do what is in the best interest of kids.”

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