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In their heads: Dems obsessed with Edelblut

December 27. 2017 12:09AM

New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut (Kimberly Houghton/Union Leader Correspondent)

For some reason, Frank Edelblut drives Democrats at the State House completely crazy.

Edelblut recently tweeted to Executive Councilor Chris Pappas about the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition, using a phrase Pappas had used to attack the Republican tax bill. Pappas threw a fit, alleging that Edelblut was “using an official account to tweet about an issue in the political arena.”

Lighten up, Francis.

Democrats have also complained about Edelblut accepting speaking invitations from conservative groups. Now nine Senate Democrats are pushing a bill that would prohibit commissioners from supporting political candidates, making political contributions, or lobbying on legislation.

To be fair, these draconian limits on political speech are no harsher than Democrats would impose on us all, if they could get away with it.

Pretending that state commissioners are not political animals flies in the face of history and common sense. Edelblut has not used his office for political ends. He is free to have his own opinions when he is off the clock.

Republicans should call the Democrats’ bluff. If commissioners must wall themselves off from politics, why not all state employees?

Surely, Democrats wouldn’t want anyone in state government engaging in partisan political activity. Republicans could amend the bill to bar anyone working for the state from endorsing or contributing to political candidates or causes.

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