NEA employee accused of impersonating state rep

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – John Leidecker is one of eight assistant executive directors for the National Education Association Rhode Island. He faces a misdemeanor charge of sending misleading e-mails in the guise of departing Bristol representative Douglas Gablinske. Gablinske, a critic of public employee unions, says he's not surprised.

"Having been in the crosshairs of the NEA and the public employee unions for the past three election cycles," he says, "I know the kind of tactics that they use. I've seen those tactics used against me."

In a statement, NEA executive director Robert Walsh says he's suspicious of Gablinske's involvement in this case. Gablinske lost his state rep's seat earlier this month when he was defeated by Richard Morrison.

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