PEGGY RADDATZ: Attack against Stobie meant as distraction from real issues

TO THE EDITOR:

Last week many of us received an anonymous robocall attacking Tom Stobie, candidate for the 101st State House District who is running against Rep. Ray Franz.

The robocalls are trying to make a big issue out of nothing. Tom was the superintendent of Frankfort Area Public Schools up until last year. A few times, outside of work hours, he used his school email account to correspond with a few people, me included, asking for advice if he decided to run for office.

How many of us have used our work accounts to email family or friends or do a little Christmas shopping? Anyone ever hear of Cyber Monday? We all have done it. Tom did it too.

Is it a scandal as Franz and his Lansing cronies claim? No, not even close.

It’s a lame and silly attack, but, if Ray Franz believes voters are really very concerned about emails, then he should voluntarily disclose all of his work emails and stop hiding behind the sweetheart deal Lansing politicians gave themselves to shield their emails from public view and keep what they do secret.

I hope he will be transparent with us and release his and his staff’s emails. But if he doesn’t, maybe it’s because Ray Franz already has seven campaign finance irregularities noted by the Secretary of State. Just last year, he was caught hiding the origin of some of his PAC money.

As a former COOR school board member, I know kids always come first. I know for a fact Superintendent Tom Stobie has always put the needs of his students first. Of course, not a single penny was diverted from the education of our children because Tom sent out a few emails. As we all know, companies and organizations don’t have to pay by the email.

Franz’s allegations are just ridiculous. Tom Stobie was a great superintendent and led Frankfort’s award-winning schools well during his decade of service.

What Franz and his pals in Lansing are really trying to do is distract us from what Republicans have done over the past four years to our schools. Franz has consistently voted to cut funding for our schools, leading to higher class sizes and cuts in vital programs, such as reading support, counseling, art, music, athletics and special education. Franz has even pushed unproven schemes such as for-profit schools that enjoy little or no accountability.

So, don’t be fooled by Franz’s lies. Vote for what really matters: our children and our schools. In November, vote for Tom Stobie.

Peggy Raddatz
Manistee