MPE Member Holds Governor Accountable

Zach Osborn, former employee to Governor Phil Bryant, speaks out about the politician’s lack of respect for the nonunion independent Mississippi Professional Educators in the Clarion-Ledger.

Sometimes I wonder if you remember me. Thirteen years ago, I spent a summer working for you as the lone intern on your campaign for lieutenant governor. I drove you around in a rental car to every corner of this state, holding your briefcase as you spoke at churches, backyard barbeques, and fundraising dinners.

During your time as my boss, you were gracious and kind. Sure, it could get awkward at times as a 19-year-old college student and a politician in his early 50s took road trips around Mississippi together, but you did your best to make small talk and answer my questions about the inner workings of a political campaign. Looking back on those past conversations, I can’t help but wonder what it would be like if we sat down for a chat in the present. You are now the governor. I am now a teacher in a Mississippi public school, a contributor to the new Social Studies Standards for our state, a member of Mississippi Professional Educators, and a supporter of fully funding public education and increasing teacher pay.