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Mitt Romney's rally at Land O'Lakes High raises new questions about politics in Pasco schools



LAND O'LAKES — Alex Sink was miffed.

As the Democratic candidate for Florida governor two years ago, Sink asked to rent a classroom at Gulf Middle School in Pasco County to film a campaign ad. The School Board flatly rejected her, with board member Joanne Hurley saying the schools should not "become a backdrop for campaigns of any kind."

Then Sink learned this week that the same school district would allow Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to rent the Land O'Lakes High School football stadium for a Saturday evening rally.

"If it applies to me, a Democrat, it should apply to anyone," Sink said Thursday. "If it's a policy, it should be applied consistently."

The appearance of a double standard did not escape the notice of United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb.

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[Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 5:26pm]


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