UPDATED 11:36 AM PT – Friday, July 30, 2021
A press conference in Rhode Island took an unexpected turn on Wednesday when Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza (D) confronted Gov. Daniel McKee (D) regarding the Providence Teachers Union contract. During an interview, Mayor Elorza attempted to defend his actions and said the governor needed to stop hiding from the conversation.
At a celebratory event on Wednesday, Elorza was seen pointing his finger at McKee and yelling “you’ve got to face the community on this,” regarding a bargaining contract with the state’s teachers union. Elorza commented on the situation where he said he regrets nothing. He added the governor is trying to conduct deals under the table and not showing the full contract, and therefore is preventing parents from being involved in crafting the policies that shape their children’s education.
The mayor has asked lawmakers to put a pause on the teacher’s contract until the community is given the opportunity to provide their input. He hinted that this is just the beginning of his plans to ramp up the pressure on the governor to do the right thing.
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Meanwhile, Gov. Mckee declined to comment on the exchange, but said he would have more to say at his next press conference. Both Democrats are expected to run against each other in the 2022 gubernatorial race where more tension is sure to arise.