In the month since State Senators Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) and Tommy Tomlinson (R-Montgomery) introduced Senate Bill 1275, there has been a backlash in most of the Commonwealth’s established media outlets and in the political spectrum. Editorial boards have strong opeds opposing the legislation, faculty members at West Chester University professors have had their voices heard, and editors have published letters regarding the issue as well. On the political side of things, Tom Wolf, Rob McCord and Katie McGinty have come out in opposition; as did a number of house and senate candidates. Minority Whip and PASSHE Board of Governor member Mike Hanna has voiced concern. And finally, the legislation’s first senate committee meeting has been postponed.
In Chester County’s 74th House District, there is a race democratic primary between Josh Young and Josh Maxwell. A couple of weeks ago, Young came out in opposition of PASSHE secession legislation, but since the bill’s introduction West Chester University graduate and primary challenger, Josh Maxwell has been silent on the issue even when asked by education advocates and his primary opponent. This silence maybe surprising to some, but last February, Maxwell received Andy Dinniman’s endorsement. According to local reports, Dinniman said:
I’m proud to support Josh Maxwell because of his leadership in Downingtown and his understanding of the issues in the Commonwealth. We need Josh Maxwell because has he a deep understanding of people who work day in and day out for a living. He understands people who aren’t getting golden parachutes and often have to work two or three jobs
In a press release, Josh Young stated the growing opposition to PASSHE secession legislation and said “[Maxwell], who has been publicly supported by Sen. Dinniman, the prime Democratic author and sponsor of this public education killing legislation, has made no comment on the proposal.”
One can only speculate as to why Maxwell hasn’t taken a stand on Senate Bill 1275. Maxwell either supports the legislation or is being feckless and doesn’t want to step on Andy Dinniman’s toes.