Monday, June 12, 2006

Jewish neighbors of school say Duncan is full of it

"There was nothing anti-Semitic" about community opposition to Doug Duncan's plan to privatize public school property to lobbyist Jack Abramoff's private school.

That's what Jeremy Harris, a former school neighbor who had met with Duncan prior to the 1999 decision, tells the Washington Post. "We obviously wanted the school to be re-opened," but as a public school, he said.

"Harris, who is Jewish, said Duncan appeared uncomfortable at the meeting. 'He did not want to do the meeting. He made a cursory showing and talked with us for a few minutes and said, "Okay, I'm done,"'" the Post reports.

"Two other meeting participants, [Thomas] Robinson ad MarEl Adler, share Harris's recollection that Duncan was abrupt. 'He walked out in a huff because he didn't like what the citizens were saying,' Adler said."