Good News for Newsom Is the End for Eastin

The California Teachers Association State Council endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018, when incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown is termed out.

This is not a surprise. Newsom is the front-runner and CTA was never going to endorse the man they consider an apostate, Antonio Villaraigosa.

But practical considerations prevented the union from endorsing Delaine Eastin, who barely registered in state polls. As the chair of the Assembly Education Committee and State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the 1990s, Eastin’s one purpose in life seemed to be to follow CTA’s bidding. According to a Los Angeles Times interview from last July, her views do not appear to have changed in the interim.

Without the CTA endorsement, there really is no way forward for Eastin’s campaign. She can console herself knowing that at least some of the union reps voting against her entered the classroom through the statewide class size reduction initiative Eastin championed in 1995. It didn’t do much for the kids, but it certainly expanded union membership. For that, CTA officials will always think of her fondly.