John Carney: Don’t Be A Markell In Sheep’s Clothing

John Carney


This is a plea to Congressman John Carney.

You are running for Governor in Delaware.  You haven’t officially filed yet, but you announced your intention last year.  In Delaware, it seems like a certainty you will win the election in November.  With that being said, I have some grave concerns with some of your education votes in the U.S. House of Representatives.

You voted yes for the following:

The Every Student Succeeds Act which yields to the states the ability to determine opt out procedures when parents don’t want their child to take the state standardized test.  Even though ESSA states 95% of students must take the state assessment.  The US DOE is ignoring the power given to states in this legislation.

You voted no for the following:

HR5: The Student Success Act.  This legislation, the House precursor to the Every Student Succeeds Act, allowed for parent opt out for any reason and would not penalize schools for opt outs in their accountability report cards.

In Delaware, parents cried out to our legislators last year to act for their rights.  While they were with us in the majority, when the time came for them to act again, many of them took the coward’s way out by not voting for a suspension of rules.  Something many of them have no problem doing all the time.  We don’t need another Jack Markell in Delaware.  I think we are all done with him.  His education legacy will be one for the history books, and not in a positive light in the long run.

Aside from attending Smyrna Day in the Smyrna School District and going to the Coding School in Wilmington, we really haven’t heard much from you on education.  I’m sure you are relieved this hasn’t come up.  But with ESSA regulations about to come out, it is essential that you let the voters of Delaware know your views on education matters.  If you are to be the presumptive winner for Governor of Delaware, let it be a presumption with all of the facts.

As a son of two teachers, I am sure you have a high regard for education and the teaching profession.  I would hope you don’t completely agree with many of the federal mandates from the past 15 years.  It is very important that you let us know your thoughts.  Let us vote with a clear idea of where you are coming from.  I am hoping you lead us out of the education quagmire Governor Markell perpetrated on the First State.  We want a Governor that supports parental rights as much as any other rights that you celebrate on social media so much.

I think you got a raw deal in 2008.  Many Delawareans feel this way.  Things could have been very different had you won back then.  Perhaps high-stakes assessments wouldn’t become the bread and butter of all things education in Delaware.  Perhaps our teachers would feel more respected by the state you hope to govern.  Perhaps parents wouldn’t feel the need to opt out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment had someone fought Arne Duncan and the US DOE during the tumultuous Race To The Top years.

The time has come for you to speak about education in Delaware and what you are looking to achieve.  If it is the status quo, which is not what Jack Markell states it is, but rather the complete sell-out of public education to companies who want privatization while funds seep out of classrooms and into the eager hands of hedge fund managers, then be honest and let us know that.  If you want something different, something bold and a bit radical, let us know.  Either way, your silence is deafening.


11 thoughts on “John Carney: Don’t Be A Markell In Sheep’s Clothing

  1. Don’t count on it! Carney is a true politician…and I use that word with its negative connotations, not its positive ones. He will say and do whatever needs to be said to please the right people. I don’t believe he will represent regular Delawareans. This will just be more of the same.


    1. We don’t need that at all. He needs to start acting like he is campaigning. If he has views, he needs to share them. This ducking out of letting the people know where you stand on things is, in my opinion, very non-transparent. I don’t believe any candidate for any type of public office should be considered a shoe-in. With that being said, his opposition needs to step up as well.


      1. You and I don’t agree on everything but we agree on this. He is very non-committal, I never know how he feels about anything. It feels like he always wants to leave the door open to change his mind. I hope he proves me wrong but we shall see…


  2. Let’s do some research on what Rep. Carney put on his website when he ran for Congress, Nov 2, 2010:
    Carney will:
    • Put Delawareans back to work by helping small businesses create jobs with tax credits and reduced regulations.
    • Fight to get government spending under control and reduce the deficit.
    • Recover every dollar of taxpayer money that was used for Wall Street bailouts.
    Source: 2010 House campaign website, , Nov 2, 2010

    Rep. Carney has voted to increase the government budget every year, not reducing it. Businesses in DE have decreased. Wall Street was bailed out by taxpayers, so where is the money for the Delaware citizens that helped with the bailout?

    Rep. Carney voted for the Iran Nuclear Arms Agreement and stated: “I have decided to support the agreement, because I have concluded that this deal is better than no deal at all. The hard truth is, I believe those are our only two choices at this juncture.” (Note: the ink wasn’t dry on the Agreement when Iran violated it.)

    Rep. Carney voted for the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 denying the American public the right to know what and how their food is being processed and labeling it as GMO.

    Rep. Carney voted for the “Monsanto Protection Act,” a provision of the HR 933 spending bill passed by Congress in March 2015. Section 735 effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of genetically modified crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from their consumption may come to light in the future.

    Rep. Carney voted for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, which banned requiring photo IDs in order to vote.

    Rep. Carney voted for HR 597, the Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2015, reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank to resume offering loan and insurance assistance to foreign companies that buy U.S. goods.

    Rep. Carney’s record for introducing progressive or beneficial programs should is lacking and should be reviewed by voters before they support him as Delaware’s next Governor.


    1. He’s already been indoctrinated in the D.C. way of doing things. If he wins as our next Governor, it’s nothing but concluding the down hill race in an agony of defeat. Our up hill battle would have been lost before it even began. Ya see Kev, we don’t have a “we the people” ATM card. We have limited resources and they know it. The only way to win is a full fledged attack and that is to expose them for what they truly are, crooks!


  3. Kevin, didn’t you send a notice indicating Mr. Bonini dropped out of the race for governor? Based on events posted on the DE GOP web page (see below), Mr. Bonini has apparently thrown his hat back in the ring – whooray!!!

    Bonini for Governor Steve Forbes Fundraiser
    August 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Wilmington Club, 1103 N Market St
    Wilmington, DE 19801 United States + Google Map

    The Pleasure of your company is requested at a luncheon in support of Colin Bonini for Governor At the Wilmington Club with Very Special Guest Steve Forbes Guest: $125 – Host $1,200 – $2,400 Free Valet Parking will be available in the lot behind the Club, accessible from Orange Street Please note that Coat & Tie are required for men.


      1. Doesn’t appear Mr. Bonini is making much headway if he’s only got 1 event planned for August and it’s in Wilmington. Does he know there are voters in the other 2 counties (Kent/Sussex)? Both Mr. Hocker and Ron Gray in Sussex are very active in the community and have public coffees, evening meetings, etc. 2 or 3 times a month. Maybe someone can suggest that Mr. Bonini get out and meet people who CAN’T afford the $1,200-2,400 dinners at a private club in Wilmington.


        1. I totally agree. Kent County is woefully ignored by many candidates. I was glad to see a lot of them at Dover Days, but some of the big guns need to really get out there and try to win some votes. Cause the lack of education talk coming out of all of them is very disheartening. I know it’s a smoking gun in a lot of respects, but sooner or later you have to take a stand one way or the other and stop sitting on the fence.


          1. NEWS RE CANDIDATES: local free paper this week has notice regarding “meet & greet” of Republican candidates. Here’s the information if anyone’s interested, as usual Messrs. Hocker and Gray in Sussex County are trying to get citizens involved, kudos to them.
            The 38th District Republican Club, PAC & chairpersons invite you to:
            5th Old Fashioned Covered Dish Supper
            August 23, 2016 – Roxana Fire Hall, 35943 Zion Church Rd. Roxana, DE
            Bring a covered dish to share, an entree, vegetable, salad or dessert.
            Tickets: $12 each (children under 16 free) NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT EVENT!
            Buy tickets from Hocker’s super Center or contact Pete Stea at:
            Doors open at 5 p.m., supper starts at 5:30 p.m. – speakers start at 6:45 p.m.
            trump Campaign State Coordinator, Rob Arlett
            US Congress Cand: Hans Reigle
            Governor Cand: Colin Bonini & Lacey Lafferty
            Lt. Gov. Cand: La Mar Gunn
            Insurance Com. Cand: Jeff Cragg & George Parish
            Sussex Co. Clerk of Peace Cand: Norman Jones, Jr.
            20th Sen Dist: State Senator Hocker
            38th Rep: Ron Gray


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