What Ryan Burbey, head of the Harford County teachers union, did was callous and ill advised.
The response from Congressman Andy Harris, parroted by Del. Kathy Szeliga, was equally ill advised.
Burbey, on his personal Facebook account, made light of last week’s crash of a train carrying leading Republicans to a party retreat, posting a picture of the crash and tweeting “karma” with it. Burbey’s implication was that he sees the Republican leadership of government as a figurative train wreck, and now it was in a real one.
The congressman lambasted Burbey with the full weight of his bluster: “I am appalled by Mr. Burbey’s decision to mock yesterday’s train crash that resulted in Christopher Foley’s death. This type of toxic, blindly partisan rhetoric is counter-productive and hateful, and it has no place in our educational system,” Harris said in a statement. “Because blatant partisanship and such stunning lack of compassion have no place in public education, he should resign immediately …”
Burbey took the post down, adding he didn’t know anyone was hurt when he commented. He also apologized, but made clear he wasn’t resigning.