Teachers union leader apologizes to Hobbs

OLYMPIA — A leader of the state’s largest teachers union has apologized to Democratic state Sen. Steve Hobbs after learning the group of teachers who left fliers at the lawmaker’s home in Lake Stevens recently included one of his son’s instructors.

More than 100 teachers knocked on doors in Hobbs’ 44th Legislative District late last month, handing out fliers criticizing the second-term senator for his support of a controversial bill giving school administrators a stronger voice in deciding which teachers, work on their campus.

Those who dropped a flier on the front door of Hobbs’ home then took pictures and posted them on the Facebook page of the Washington Education Association. Hobbs was not home at the time and noticed one of his three sons’ teachers when he saw the photos later.

Rod Regan, managing director of advocacy/organizing, communications and public policy centers, apologized in a phone message released by Hobbs on Tuesday.

“We did not know about that,” Regan said. “We knew that people were doorbelling with a flier. We did not know that one of the teachers of Sen. Hobbs’ children would be delivering a flier. We apologize for that.”

Hobbs and the teachers union are familiar political foes; the union opposed his re-election in 2010.

This session the union targeted him for his votes on a series of education bills. On March 22, it funded robocalls to voters in the district and the doorbelling took place the next day.

“I want to thank Rod Regan again for his apology and I hope that it’s an indication that we can put aside our differences,” Hobbs said in a statement.

He also took a dig at the union tactics that include carting around a full-size cardboard cut-out of him.

“The effigy and misleading information about my position on education is unfair to me, but worse than that, it deceives the WEA’s own members,” he said. “I look forward to working together on the issues we agree on and having a healthy discussion on those we don’t.”

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Mom gives her $25,000 windfall to Marysville high schools

Among the beneficiaries is the drama club, which gets much-needed audio equipment.

Why Republican legislators voted against a property tax cut

You’ll no doubt be hearing about it in campaign ads next fall.

Driver hospitalized after I-5 rollover crash near Arlington

A medical problem is believed to have caused the accident.

Man struck, killed by Everett Transit bus Friday night

He was in the roadway between 75th Street SE and Beverly Boulevard when he was hit, police said.

Sky Valley honors its own

Civic and nonprofit groups in Sultan, Gold Bar, Index and Skykomish gather to recognize volunteers.

Rotary Club of Everett honors outstanding seniors

The Rotary Club of Everett honored its February Students of the Month:… Continue reading

ORCA places third at Orca Bowl

A team from Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) for… Continue reading

Edmonds man gets prison for Navy cadet program embezzlement

Michael Leighton, 49, also must pay over $75,000 in restitution.

New books donated to Edmonds schools highlight diversity

The Edmonds Diversity Commission donated children’s books to local elementary schools that… Continue reading

Most Read