by David Safier
Ed Supe John Huppenthal's anonymous commenting and sock puppetry made Tucson's 10 o'clock news Thursday night on KGUN 9, as you can see after the jump. Blog for Arizona's Bob Lord and I were included in the story, but our words took a back seat to Huppenthal's. How could the two of us compete with Hupp writing, "Obama is rewarding the lazy pigs with food stamps" or calling TUSD's Mexican American Studies a "'We hate whitey' curriculum"?
I got a chance to "perform" Hupp's comment on a 2012 Blog for Arizona post of mine where he wrote, "You guys are frequently scum, but this article makes you a special form of scum: evil scum." (My post wasn't about Huppenthal, by the way. It was about the national charter school chain, Imagine Schools. I have no idea why that got Hupp so upset. He went equally ballistic over another post of mine about Imagine schools, writing, "You have to be kidding me. how stupid and perverted are you?" There may be a story here, but I haven't figured out what it is yet.)
Reporter Justin Schecker said he couldn't get a response for his story from Huppenthal or his campaign, which is fine — for now, anyway. I'm happy to have Hupp's comments do the talking for awhile, until someone manages to put a camera and microphone in his face. The only reporter who's gotten any spoken response out of Hupp since the story broke was Stephen Lemons at the Phoenix New Times. Over the phone, Hupp said to Lemons, "Don't believe everything you read on the Internet," then hung up. He'll have to expand on that, either in a face-to-face with a reporter or on the campaign trail.