Romney in Pasco: Should He Be Allowed at a School?

Pasco County School District officials are taking heat for their decision to allow Gov. Mitt Romney to speak. We want to hear what you think!

As Gov. Mitt Romney prepares for his visit to Pasco County tomorrow, some people are crying foul over the school district’s decision to allow the rally at Land O’ Lakes High School.

The United School Employees of Pasco say the district has violated its own policy by allowing a political rally to take place on the 20325 Gator Lane campus, according to a story in The Tampa Tribune.

Republican school superintendent Heather Fiorentino and the largely Republican school board were asked by former gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, a Democrat, to use a Pasco school classroom to film a commercial two years ago.

That request was denied, but the Romney request wasn’t.

The district is now saying Romney’s request is different. It’s not to film a commercial. Instead officials have likened it to any organization requesting to rent a public school for a public event.

State Democratic officials aren’t so sure.

"I think it's a huge double standard, and I think the Romney campaign needs to change their venue," Florida Democratic Party Vice Chair Alison Morano told the Tribune. "If the Romney camp is going to act like political hacks, they should go somewhere else and do it."

The school district, however, did allow Vice President Joe Biden to pay a visit to Oakstead Elementary last year. It could be argued that Biden's appearance was also political in nature. The Democrat came to Land O' Lakes as part of a tour to raise support for the American Jobs Act.

What do you think? Should the Pasco County School District allow Romney to speak at Land O' Lakes High? Should it have said no? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

RD October 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Either you are non-partisan and let all parties use the facilities or you don't let any. This is a really stupid question. $2000 is chump change to all of them. Why not do the county some good and charge $5k or $10k. It's still a drop in the bucket for them.
Rev Michael Carbone October 28, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I don't care who it was speaking there - I live less than a mile from the high school and tonight it took me about 45 minutes to get home - it looked like a damn freak show in front of the high school, one man dressed as jesus holding a sign "honk for jesus" and a few others held similar signs - and people were rude - my neighbor has an OBAMA sign in her front yard, she happens to be African American and people were calling her the "N" word - if anyone wants to hold a POLITICAL RALLY go to a foot ball stadium not a local high school - traffic was a nightmare for hours before and after - people parking where ever on the highway just to walk to the event - enough already!
rcarol October 29, 2012 at 09:50 AM
Keep that liar away from the children. They already get punished if they lie, why tell them it's now okay to do it!
Samuel Clemens October 29, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Rcarol..............if you have children, do you lie to them about the easter bunny, tooth fairy and the fictional santa claus??
Michael J. Gallo, Realtor October 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I am amazed that having the opportunity to see a political figure speak in person which may only come once in your lifetime is reduced to petty complaints about traffic. I am also not surprised that the democrats question this because it concerns a republican speaker. Im sure it would be the republicans scowling if it was a democrat speaking. Since the Romney campaign has the money to spend and the county could use the money (I just bought a $20 cheese cake and $15 cookies at a school fundraiser) I say let them pay. He wasn't to address the student body. It was a political rally for anyone wanting to attend.


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