The irony of Upper Darby Arts backing Davidson's foe
There is more than a little irony to this week's announcement that Save Upper Darby Arts is backing Billy Smith, one of the Democrats challenging state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164.
Save Upper Darby Arts is now a political action committee, but it can trace its roots back a few years ago when the Upper Darby School District was at the center of a cauldron surrounding budget cuts, including a change in the curriculum, teacher layoffs, and most important, cuts in the district's trademark outstanding music and arts programs.
Residents were outraged. At one point they even took a bus trip to Harrisburg to meet with elected officials and make their complaints heard.
Eventually the programs were saved when a couple of state reps worked a little magic and found more than $2 million in extra funding for the district.
So what's so ironic?
One of those legislators riding to the rescue in Upper Darby was Davidson.
She worked with Republican Rep. Nick Micozzie and found the money to avert the cuts.
The problem now is that Davidson has shown support for a push for school vouchers and accepted campaign contributions from Students First, a group that backs school choice.
I guess you can call this, "what have you done for me lately?"