Source: Daily Mail
Former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter on Wednesday warned fellow Democrats that the GOP cannot become ‘the party of the parents’ after Republican Glenn Youngkin’s win over Democratic challenger and incumbent Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race earlier in the day.
Youngkin’s victory, which was a catastrophic defeat for Democrats, led Cutter to one conclusion: ‘We cannot let it go.’
‘The one thing that we need to make sure of is that Republicans in 2022 don’t become is the party of parent, because we need to be the party of the parents,’ Cutter told MSNBC on Wednesday in a video tweeted out later in the day.
‘And we are. We’re the ones that care about school funding. We’re the ones that care about making sure parents can send their kids to school because they have jobs to go to. All of this. We need to own that agenda. We cannot let it go.’
A handful of political analysts cited a united parental front in Virginia as a reason behind Younkin’s unlikely win against McAuliffe, who had previously served as the state’s governor from 2014 to 2018.
In particular, parents rallied behind the opposition to critical race theory (CRT) being taught in their children’s classrooms, with confrontations with local school boards on the subject becoming more and more commonplace – and even violent – in recent weeks.