by David Safier
Among the first public figures to call for Ed Supe John Huppenthal to resign are conservatives. The political distancing and damage control begins.
There's Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. As recently as a week ago, the Chamber loved Hupp. It actually created a new award to honor his support of the Common Core, known in Arizona as the College and Career Ready Standards. No more. The award has been withdrawn. In his condemnation of Huppenthal's jaw-dropping blog comments, Hamer echoed Captain Renault in "Casablanca."
"I am shocked. I am shocked and saddened," Hamer said. "The comments that were posted should not be posted under any circumstances. I am in extreme pain over this conversation."
The Chamber's board will consider asking Huppenthal to step down, or at least withdraw from the election before the upcoming primary.
Then there's Lisa Graham Keegan. When she was a Republican state senator, she shepherded through Arizona's charter school law in 1994, then became Ed Supe in 1995. Since then, she's been McCain's education adviser during his presidential campaign and is currently a heavy hitter in Arizona's "education reform" movement, working hand in glove with Craig Barrett, ex-CEO of Intel and Gov. Brewer's right hand man on education.
Lisa Graham Keegan joined the call for Hupp to drop out of the election immediately, becoming an unlikely bedfellow with Andrew Morrill, president of the Arizona Education Association. She went on to say Huppenthal should resign.
They're right. Hupp should pull out of the election and pack his superintendent bags sooner rather than later. I'll save my list of reasons for another post.