Texas Governor Greg Abbott has weighed in on a Texas professor’s offer to give extra credit in exchange for voting for Beto O’Rourke.
Del Mar College professor being looked into after questionable Facebook post saying “I am offering extra credit for students for voting beginning tomorrow! We must show up for Beto to paint Texas blue!” People like this don’t belong on the state payroll. https://t.co/lz4Dfm9zlh— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 23, 2018
A Texas community college on Monday disavowed a social media post by a Beto O’Rourke-supporting professor who offered students extra credit for voting in the midterm elections.
“I am offering extra credit for my students for voting beginning tomorrow! We must show up for Beto to paint Texas blue!” Adrian Clark, a political science professor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, wrote in a Facebook post Sunday, according to a screenshot published by NBC-affiliated KRIS.
Claudia Jackson, Del Mar’s executive director of strategic communication and government relations, released a statement Monday clarifying that no extra credit would be given to students for voting.
“The College is aware of a post made by an employee on a non-College, social media site offering extra class credit for voting in the upcoming election,” her statement read. “The message was not posted on behalf of the College. The College has clarified that no extra credit should be offered or granted for voting in any election.
“The College takes seriously institutional policy and State law regarding requirements to remain neutral in all partisan political activities, issues, speeches and campaigns,” she said. “The College and its employees will abide by all state, local, and federal laws regarding public speech, campaigning, and other political activities. Additionally, the College does not comment on internal personnel matters.”