Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pence Appoints Democrat to State Board of Education--Because Law Requires Him To

Governor Pence appointed Democrat Democrat Gordon Hendry, former Director of Economic Development for Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, to replace resigning Republican David Shane on the State Board of Education. But this is no sudden outburst of bi-partisanship on the Governor's part--it is the law. Indiana code requires that there be no more than six members of any party on the Board. The Governor had been passing off Daniel Elsener as an independent, an independent who'd voted in the Republican primary in nine of the past ten elections and had donated thousands to Republican candidates. The unelected Board of Education is a vehicle Governor Pence has chosen to circumvent the elected Democrat Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz. Let's hope Mr. Hendry can serve as a deterrent to those devious efforts. Read more from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette here.