The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has selected Rich Crandall “recognized as a moderate Republican force in the Arizona Senate,” to run the state Education Department.
There are those in Arizona who would consider reporter Joan Barron’s description to be the height of understatement.
Aside from Crandall’s lackadaisical work ethic — during his term in the AZ House, he missed 254 out of 382 floor votes in the 2009 regular session — the phantom legislator is deceptively lacking in commitment to his constituents and his job. He blamed his chronic absenteeism on taking a post in New York — after having run to represent the district. Crandall was also one of the first RINOs to join with the unified Democrats in supporting OBrewerCare, the costly and unsustainable Medicaid expansion.
Additionally Crandall made the infamous Benedict Arnold list after joining with the unified Dems on five major bills in 2011.
Despite missing nearly 2/3 of the session votes and giving aid and comfort to the Democrats at every turn, Crandall’s reelection was paramount to the left-leaning establishment elites, who sunk $105,000 into his campaign to defeat a conservative candidate.
But the efforts on his behalf didn’t provide much incentive to Crandall. After being reelected, he anounced his intention to resign mid-term to pursue his quest for a “dream job” regardless of whether the Wyoming job came through. It was rumored that Crandall, who has no background in education, was eyeing the superintendent’s post in Gilbert, AZ. He owns Crandall Corporate Dietitians, the nation’s largest provider of dietary consulting and menu services to nursing homes. The lucrative business apparently isn’t enough of a “dream job” to suit his tastes.
Fortunately for the residents of Gilbert, Crandall is leaving the state. Wyoming’s parents should be outraged at the selection of this Obama Common Core advocate who will be directing the education policies for their children. However his move out of state is a gift to all Arizonans who will no longer be subject to his desire to federalize our education system from his perch on the senate education committee.