Huppenthal’s reprehensible attempts to rehab career fail miserably
John Huppenthal is far more than a statewide politician who has repeatedly used abysmal judgment. Who can forget his tearful admission of guilt acknowledging himself as the anonymous commenter on numerous blogs —- including this one —- with many of his postings done during work hours? Imagine the state Superintendent of Public Instruction characterizing the poor as “lazy pigs” and labeling critics as “barbarians” and “evil scum.” There was also that embarrassing physical confrontation with an elderly woman on Election Day in 2008. That’s John Huppenthal.
Huppenthal, who claimed conservative credentials as a candidate, revealed his true bent as he cozied up to Obama’s education point man Arne Duncan. Huppenthal used this media advisory to brag about hosting Duncan around the state of Arizona.
Alarmed by the voices of angry voters, parents dedicated to protecting their children and facing Diane Douglas, a knowledgeable conservative challenger, John Huppenthal decided the most advantageous scheme was to try to dupe the public by slickly colluding with Gov. Jan Brewer to alter the tarnished name of “Common Core,” transforming it to “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards,“ after admitting the original name had become “politically charged.” Even with the deceptive name change, it has become difficult to sell the leftist standards — long in multiculturalism, self-esteem and social justice and short on actual education — to the groups he addresses.
The biggest irony, however, is the fact that Huppenthal was the author and prime sponsor of Senate Bill 1038 in 2005. This bill dramatically lowered graduation standards for Arizona students. Now, nine years later, the same John Huppenthal is using the scare tactics that our state standards are too low as the reason for embracing Obama’s federal overreach into American education.
Conservative syndicated columnist, Michelle Malkin, who has devoted the past two years to sounding the alarm on Common Core, has endorsed Diane Douglas.
Now, with his decades-long political career in shambles, a desperate Huppenthal has sent out a deceptive mailer to coincide with the arrival of early ballots, mischaracterizing Diane Douglas and her background.
This is Diane Douglas’ response:
My primary challenger recently sent out a mailer that is a complete fabrication. His claims about my positions on the issues are completely false!
I cannot stop Mr. Huppenthal from lying about his record but I will not allow him to distort my record.
I have never supported Common Core and I never voted for it when I served on the Peoria School Board.
I have never supported, endorsed, or donated to any Democrat candidate.
I have always been an outspoken and ardent support of parents’ right to choose the best education for their children including district, charter, private, and home schooling. Parents must be actively involved in deciding what is best for their children.
Mr. Huppenthal has been in government for 30 years. He may feel it is acceptable to lie and distort the truth. I am asking for your vote so I can restore honesty and decency back to the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Seeing Red AZ proudly endorses Diane Douglas.