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06/28/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Teacher: Some Denver Teachers Would "Vote Republican" Before Voting for Bennet (VIDEO)

Listen to the interview below with two teachers at the recent Colorado Education Association delegate assembly (held at the Marriott Tech Center), conducted by Wade Norris, a supporter of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet's Democratic primary challenger, Andrew Romanoff. At the end of the video, a teacher identified as Barbara says that "lifelong Democrats, who said they will... teachers in Denver, have said they will not vote for Michael Bennet, they will vote for a Republican before they will vote for Michael Bennet."

Best political threat ever. I'll take it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6MwnU74XEc

BARBARA: I was actually on the committee of teachers that participated in interviewing Michael Bennet, and at that time during his interviews he was committed to staying as superintendent in Denver Public Schools for five years. As we know, he did not stay five years. And when he began his career as superintendent in Denver, he really did make the effort to go out and start talking to teachers, something that was sort of unheard of. And I have to say that I noticed over the years that that dwindled significantly as soon as he started getting pushback from teachers; he didn't spend the time talking to teachers as much as he had when he first started. And I kind of feel like he used the superintendent's job to create a name for himself as a stepping stone to move on into politics, and that's exactly what happened. So, that's how I perceive Michael Bennet.

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NORRIS: Let's ask a hypothetical question, if Andrew Romanoff loses to Bennet, to Michael Bennet in the primary, what do you think of that? What have you heard?

MELISSA: I have heard that some, I've heard from many people that they will not vote in that race.

BARBARA: Or that they'll vote Republican, lifelong Democrats, who said they will... teachers in Denver, have said they will not vote for Michael Bennet, they will vote for a Republican before they will vote for Michael Bennet.