Mar 29, 2014 12:25 PM by Sanjay Talwani (email@example.com)
HELENA -- Angela McLean has been Montana's lieutenant governor for about six weeks, and for one of her first big speeches since taking office, she picked a friendly crowd: the annual meeting of the Montana Education Association-Montana Federation of Teachers (MEA-MFT), the state's largest union.
MEA-MFT leader Eric Feaver called McLean, a former teacher in Anaconda, "one of our own."
McLean talked up Governor Steve Bullock's agenda and accomplishments, particularly on education, stating, "We saw historic record investments in K-12 education. we saw record historic investments in the Montana University System. And as a result, as the chair of that board, last May, we were able to freeze tuition."
She also rallied the union troops in support of Medicaid expansion, noting, "This governor believes that healthcare is a right, not a privilege."
The union is technically non-partisan, although the other featured speakers are Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, U.S. Senator John Walsh, and U.S. House candidate John Lewis - all Democrats.