Apr 16, 2013Print This Post
A University of Southern California professor who told students that Republicans are “stupid and racist” is a longtime Democratic operative who critics say has a reputation as a political propagandist.
Political Science professor Darry Sragow’s attacks on Republicans were secretly filmed by one of his students – a libertarian who had grown tired of the left-wing ranting of his professors.
“They’re really stupid and racist,” Sragow said during one lecture. “They Republican Party is increasingly the last refuge of old, angry white people who don’t like what’s going on in this country.”
At one point Sragow’s teaching assistant advocated using the Black Panthers to intimidate Republican voters.
“Yeah, yeah – you can do that,” the professor replied.
Darry Sragow is well-known across California – not for being a professor – but for being a Democratic operative.
Sragow is a partner in the Denton’s law firm. According to his online biography, he’s managed five statewide races and served for nearly 10 years as the chief campaign strategist for Democrats in the California State Assembly.
Sragow also served as a senior staff member for U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh and the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.
“I am absolutely outraged,” said Mark Vafiades, chairman of the Los Angeles County Republican Party. “This guy is preaching, not teaching. He’s trying to convince college students that the Republican party is evil, that the Republican Party is bigoted.”
Vafiades accused the professor of bullying conservative students.
“He should be fired,” he said. If this had been a Republican operative doing the same thing on behalf of the GOP, it would be top of the news. There would be calls for that person to be fired immediately.”
USC did not return calls seeking comment on the future of Sragow’s teaching career.
Tyler Talgo, the student who filmed Sragow’s outbursts, told Fox News he was aware of the professor’s background – but had hoped he would be objective in the classroom.
“I don’t have a problem with him being a Democrat or his personal political views,” Talgo said. “The reason I did this is because I believe it’s unfair for a professor to push their political agenda on students in an academic environment without presenting the other side.”
Fox News contributor and former Democratic strategist Pat Caddell has known Sragow since the 1980s. He was shocked that a university would let him teach students.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Caddell said. “He’s a political hack. He’s a guy who would go out there and say anything for the party. What is he doing as a propagandist in a university – a world class university?”