Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Uncle Phil blasts Hollywood Hoyt

Phil Rumore's response on WBEN to Sam Hoyt calling for a teachers pay freeze was about as straightforward as you can get:

B.T.F. President Slams Hoyt

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) -- The head of the Buffalo teacher's union has some strong words for Assemblyman Sam Hoyt.Buffalo Teacher's Federation President Phil Rumore says Hoyt is "a publicity-seeking pathetic excuse for a human being."Rumore issued those words in response to Hoyt's suggestion that teachers accept a wage freeze for one year in light of the state's financial problems."Buffalo teachers have been without a new contract for five years, probably are among the most lowest paid in Erie County, and work under the most difficult conditions, and he's asking us to have a salary freeze. Well, we've already had a salary freeze."Rumore says Hoyt is pinpointing teachers."He didn't talk about adminstrators. He didn't talk about other public employees or anything, he just singled us out."

Rumore also calculated Hoyt's salary at $95,000/year. He said that doesn't include something like $150/day that the state leaders get for food and lodging. Don't most of us have to pay for our own food? Hoyt should have never opened up his mouth in the first place.

Everytime Hollywood Hoyt speaks it reminds me of an old quote (attributed to both Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain): "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."

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