I'll let them tell you about it (bold mine):
"In this year’s primary, the hard-line education reform group Stand for Children supported Democrat Guy Palumbo as the insurgent Democrat against incumbent 1st District Democratic state Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe (D-1, Bothell). Stand believed that McAuliffe, as chair of the senate education committee, had blocked their reformist agenda. PTA dad Palumbo was a strong backer of their agenda.
However, Palumbo, who lost in the primary, de-prioritized Stand’s agenda (including charter schools) today by endorsing McAuliffe.
In a statement, Palumbo said:
The primary campaign was defined, by outside groups and the press, as a fight over education and charter schools. It was probably inevitable in a race that pitted the head of the Early Learning & K-12 Committee against a Northshore School Board member. Especially in a year that the charter school bill is on the ballot. However, there is a problem with the theme that developed in the primary.
After knocking on over 4,000 doors in this district, I can count on two hands the number of times charter schools came up in conversation. It was not the most important issue for the voters I spoke with.
The issues that I heard about over and over again at the doorstep were: jobs, health care costs and accessibility, partisanship getting the way of progress and tolling/gas taxes – in that order.He went on to say McAuliffe was better on those issues.
Now, Stand is getting behind the Republican, Dawn McCravey, another ed reformer. In fact, Stand put $50,000 into an anti-McAuliffe independent expenditure campaign yesterday."
Good luck with that.