Republican members of the Miami-Dade School Board in Florida -- a heavily contested battleground state this November -- sent a message to First Lady Michelle Obama Tuesday: Stay out of our school.
According to the Miami Herald, two GOP board members urged that a campaign event at Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami Lakes be cancelled and questioned its legality.
“Allowing the first lady of the United States to use one of our schools explicitly to benefit the president’s reelection campaign is inappropriate and sends the wrong message to our students, employees, and to taxpayers – even if the president’s campaign is willing to pay for all costs resulting from the event,” board member Carlos Curbelo wrote in the letter to the board's attorney.
Said fellow board member Renier Diaz de la Portilla: “The use of public schools whose only focus should be to educate our children for political gain is downright wrong. Don’t these liberals have boundaries? Our schools are places for learning, not places for politicking.”
Miami-Dade school board attorney Walter Harvey said the district's policy allows all groups, including political ones, to lease facilities. He said the Obama campaign was paying $2,351 to rent the school for the event.