Miami School Board Members: Ax Michelle Event

Michelle Obama's campaign event inappropriate, they argue
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2012 2:24 PM CDT
First lady Michelle Obama gives the keynote address to the African Methodist Episcopal Church general conference, Thursday, June 23, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Donn Jones)

(Newser) – A couple of Republicans on the Miami-Dade School Board are not happy with Michelle Obama's plan to hold a campaign event at one of their high schools tonight. The first lady plans to push voter registration and enlist residents to volunteer for President Obama's re-election campaign—and two school board members are calling it inappropriate. One is clamoring for the event to be canceled; another wants the board attorney, who says the event is legal, to reconsider.

"There's a difference between official visits to schools by elected leaders and events that are for the sole purpose of advancing the interests of a political campaign," Carlos Curbelo, who has worked as a GOP strategist, tells the Miami Herald. And in a statement, Renier Diaz de la Portilla—who is running for the state House—adds, "Our schools are places for learning, not places for politicking." In a too-perfect coincidence, Mitt Romney will attend a town hall today ... at a Colorado high school.

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