DFL Rep. Tina Liebling is drawing attention to the fact that former Rochester Superintendent Romain Dallemand donated money to her Republican opponent, Rochester School Board member Breanna Bly. Liebling sent out the following tweet this morning: "Controversial former #Rochmn school superintendent--now in Georgia--made big donation to my opp's campaign."
Dallemand donated $250 to Bly's campaign. The former superintendent's tenure as head of Rochester Public Schools was rocky at times. He left in 2011 to become the superintendent of Bibb County Schools in Macon, Ga. Bly has served 12 years on the Rochester School Board.
The race between Bly and Liebling is drawing big money from outside groups supporting the Republican candidate's bid to unseat the four-term DFL incumbent. Recently-released campaign reports show Bly has received about $83,000 in support from Republicans and business-related political committees. Liebling has not been getting any significant funding from the party or third-party groups.
BLOG UPDATE: Just got a call from Bly reacting to Liebling's tweet about Dallemand's donation. She said she was "saddened" by it and that Dallemand chose to support her based on her work on the school board.
"He saw my work ethic, he knows my passion and care for kids and regardless of what some people in this town thought of him, I am grateful that he thinks I would do a great job representing the best interests of students across the state," she said.