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Gallagher's New TV Ad



The ad, which focuses on education, can be seen at and has the obligatory candidate in classroom images. Close watchers will also notice repeated scenes, such as Tom Gallagher, wife Laura and son Charlie in front of their white picket fence.

Unmentioned, of course, is that Gallagher opposed vouchers in his unsuccessful 1994 gubernatorial run. Gallagher has said on the campaign trail that his change of heart followed his stint as education commissioner, where he saw how much the first vouchers meant to the parents and children who received them. A common refrain on the stump: Shouldn't a single mother in the inner city have the same options that wealthier parents do to change their kid's school?

The advertisement's script: "Our children need our help. They can’t demand a better education. They can’t demand higher pay for teachers. They can’t demand school choice. But I can. As Education Commissioner, I implemented Governor Bush’s A+ plan. Now it’s time to reinvent our high schools, give principals more power, parents more options, emphasize math and science, and raise our graduation rates. I’m Tom Gallagher. I’m a parent first. So as Governor, I’ll make sure our children get the world-class education they deserve."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:08pm]


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