Breitbart exposes farce campaign against AZ Ed Sup’t

A bizarre effort to overturn the recent election of conservative Diane Douglas as Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction has made the national news via Breitbart News’ Big Government. Douglas swept through the Primary Election trouncing the Common Core supporting incumbent in a landslide 58 to 41 victory that was one of the first races called on election night.

In an unparalleled show of grassroots support, Douglas garnered the highest number of votes of any contested election, beating all unopposed Democrats and securing 16½ percent more votes than Dem gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal.

She also beat liberal educrat David Garcia in the General Election.

Diane Douglas won her grassroots campaign due to her unwavering opposition to the fed’s heavy handedness in promoting the increasingly unpopular Common Core. That fact doesn’t sit well with the far-left Arizona Republic newspaper, which supported both Garcia and the imposition of federal mandates that cede control of every facet of our education system to federal bureaucrats and undermine local authority.

Though Diane Douglas will not be sworn into office until January, a recall has already been launched by the disgruntled losers and cheered on by the Arizona Republic newspaper which runs negative editorials, contrived reports and has regularly turned loose its radical attack dog columnists against her since the votes were tabulated.

It’s difficult to imagine that the accomplished winner of a statewide race could elicit such negatively, but the leftist Arizona Republic is flinging all of the venomous bullying tactics it can muster in Douglas’ direction. Newly elected as state schools chief, the Rutgers University business/marketing grad and former President of the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board brings a wealth of knowledge and fresh vision to the job. The newspaper views her as problematic since she proudly brandishes her conservative credentials and she is not David Garcia.

Breitbart’s Big Government sources the Arizona Daily Independent in exposing the suspect actions of newly elected [though not yet sworn in] Republican Gov. Doug Ducey who is forming an education subcommittee which includes Common Core proponent Lisa Graham Keegan, a RINO who endorsed Douglas’ challenger. During the campaign, Keegan attacked Douglas, stating she was “promoting a sort of a paranoia” by opposing the federal education scheme. Keegan, who was John McCain’s education advisor during his failed presidential bid, referred to Douglas’ opposition to the Common Core as “destructive.”

In announcing the education subcommittee, Ducey reportedly claimed he was looking “forward to working with the education professionals on this committee to identify the best policies to improve our schools, find the most talented people to assume key positions in my administration and ensure we are putting Arizona students, teachers and parents first.”

He neglects to mention that Common Core is so unpopular in Arizona that outgoing Gov. Jan Brewer and ousted Superintendent John Huppenthal rebranded the pariah program, calling it “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards,” in an unsuccessful effort to conceal the scheme from savvy Arizona parents. 

This earlier Breitbart article provided an overview of the states that have repealed the controversial fed-ed scheme.

H/T SRAZ Commenter Saguaro Sam for the head’s up on the Breitbart post.

9 Responses to Breitbart exposes farce campaign against AZ Ed Sup’t

  1. State Delegate says:

    I thought Doug Ducey ran for governor. Why is he putting together an education committee? It seems he would have enough on his plate once he is sworn in, without trying to usurp the duties of the state Superintendent of Schools? Is he also putting together committees to take charge of the attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, corporation commissioner, and mine inspector’s offices?

  2. PV PC says:

    Ducey is a McCain guy. What more do you need to know? If you somehow missed that during his campaign, his appointing Republicrat and liberal endorser Lisa Keegan should bring you up to speed.

  3. MacBeth says:

    Assembling a recall before Diane Douglas has even been sworn into office shows the desperation of the radical left that won not a single statewide seat. They view this as their one chance to try to be relevant, although it exposes them as fools.

    • jojo says:

      Let’s keep on ’em folks. No more electing ’em and then allowing ’em to do anything they want. Let’s keep their feet to the fire, especially with Douglas & Ducey. Anyone that McCain endorsed is suspect. Remember Sheriff Joe endorsed him also.

      • azgary says:

        and lets start hammering at the legislators to dump the two big favorites of the chambers of commerce lobbyist, obrewercare and common core.
        call your state legislators from the house and senate and give them an earful!
        http://www.azleg.gov/
        oh, and don’t forget to contact Andy Biggs and tell him to quit blocking a vote on an article V convention!

      • Ellsworth says:

        Diane Douglas was the anti-establishment candidate, which underscores her appeal to conservatives.

        I never did understand Joe Arpaio endorsing Doug Ducey. That was last campaign season’s biggest head scratchier as far as I’m concerned. I laid it off to the fact that Christine Jones sought out Paul Babeu, and the rest of the gov pack were clearly going nowhere. Joe wanted to be with the winner. Actually that wasn’t such a bad idea since he could try holding Ducey’s feet to the fire, though I doubt he’ll have much success since McDucey owes far more to McCain amd the other establishment power brokers.It didn’t escape my notice that he removed Joe’s endrsement going into the general election.

  4. StetsonXXX says:

    Diane Douglas won despite being wildly outspent by Democrat David Garcia who had outside interests dump $802,000 into his campaign. Those are the “dark money” sources the newspaper continually rails against, but in the case of Garcia, there is stony silence.

  5. LEO IN TSN says:

    Diane Douglas is a patriot warrior, who knows that Common Core is not education. It is enslavement. Perry, Bush, Romney, Christie – they want to be the plantation barons, always in search of more slaves for their global complexes. The McDuceys, McBrnoviches, McReagans, the boyish Mzzz McMcMcSally, even our own AZ4 McBoehner lapdogs, will be the Judas goats, leading ever more of our kids and grandkids into the slave barn with Common Core brainwashing, while the low-info, football-watching sheeple parents sit in oblivion.

    Here is the real Common Core:
    A mother of three who came to America because of its reputation as a “shining city on a hill” is pleading with her state lawmakers to flee Common Core any way they can, calling it nothing less than the “communist core” she endured while growing up in China.

    “Common Core, in my eyes, is the same as the communist core I once saw in China,” Lily Tang Williams told the Colorado state Board of Education recently.

    “I grew up under Mao’s regime, and we had the communist-dominated education – nationalized testing, nationalized curriculum and nationalized indoctrination.”

    [read the rest of her scary story]
    http://www.wnd.com/2014/12/communism-survivor-common-core-looks-scary-familiar/

    That is Common Core, no matter what they call it! Wake up your neighbors! Make your voices heard, to McDucey and to all of our state legislators. Many of them see the danger. There is no place left to go.

    God bless America.

  6. Doc says:

    SRAZ & all (off topic but important none th’ less…)…I got the following letter from AZGOP’s robert mcGraham:
    News Release
    December 2, 2014
    info@grahamforarizona.com

    Gila County Republican Party Leaders Endorse Robert Graham for Reelection as State Party Chairman

    PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, today received the endorsement of several influential GOP leaders in Gila County as well as the endorsement of the Rim Country Republican Club. The election will be held at the meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

    Gary Morris, Chairman of the Gila County Republican Committee said, “My congratulations on a very successful campaign season for the Arizona Republican Party and Republican candidates. Your leadership and campaign plan along with the best fundraising effort in recent memory laid the foundation for Republican success. As you move forward in your campaign for another term as Party Chairman, you have my personal endorsement and support to continue as Chairman for the Arizona Republican Party.”

    The Rim Country Republican Club met this week and passed a motion endorsing Robert Graham.

    Representative Brenda Barton of Payson, who was was elected in November to represent much of Gila County as a legislator from District 6, endorsed Graham saying, “As a Precinct Committeeman, State Committeeman, Regional Director for the Arizona Federation of Republican Women and now a proud Republican State Representative, from my background, and history I will assure you that Robert Graham is an exemplary Chairman, Leader, and Fundraiser for our Republican Party. He sets by example a bar of performance that should be taken to heart by all county and Legislative District chairpersons throughout Arizona. It is my honor and pleasure to fully give my endorsement to Robert Graham to lead our party into 2016. I therefore urge you to gift him with your vote.”

    Gila County’s voter turnout in the 2014 election was among the top three in the state at nearly 55 percent. Republican Governor-elect Doug Ducey beat his Democrat challenger by a nearly two-to-one margin among county voters.

    One of Gila County’s most active precinct committeemen is Lolly Hathhorn, who also was elected state committeeman and First Vice Chairman of the Gila County Republican Committee and will attend the January meeting to support Graham. Hathhorn said to Graham, “As an individual precinct committeeman and state committeeman, I whole-heartedly endorse you for a second term as Chairman of the AZGOP. It has been my pleasure to see the direction in which you have taken our Party and to the leadership you have shown throughout your tenure. It is my pleasure and honor to help you in any way that I can and help you to VICTORY! Thanks for all you have done to further our cause and raise the money for our endeavors. Your help was tremendous in helping the GOP win so many Republican positions. YOU ROCK! I have your back.”

    …ABSO-FREEKIN’-LUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!! Justa’ nuther BOOTLICKER in my not very humble opinion. I wouldn’t vote for this weakling to be th’ dog-catcher!