Arizona schools chief won’t resign after calling welfare recipients ‘lazy pigs’ and other incendiary comments

(azed.gov/)
John Huppenthal (www.azed.gov/)

(Update: He won’t resign)

The schools superintendent of Arizona, John Huppenthal, has admitted to — and apologized for — writing anonymous blog posts over the last several years with some incendiary comments, including calling welfare recipients “lazy pigs.” But he says he won’t resign and is running for re-election this year.

The Arizona Republic reported in this story that Huppenthal has been writing under pseudonyms, such as Thucydides, since 2011, though some bloggers in the state had suspected for some time that he was responsible for the blog posts. While many of the posts were fairly generic, others were outrageous. According to the Republic:

He likened welfare recipients to “lazy pigs.”

He blamed the Great Depression on Franklin D. Roosevelt and said FDR’s economic policies gave rise to Hitler.

He said Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was responsible for feeding 16 million African-Americans into abortion mills.

He told the Republic that he “sincerely” regrets having offended anyone but attempted to minimize what he had done by saying:

“I have a passion for engaging in debate. I probably have 300,000 words out on the Internet, and 100 of them are getting me in trouble. When all of your missteps are there all together for people to see, it’s not a pretty picture.”

The Arizona Republic’s editorial board wasn’t buying it. An editorial in the paper said:

We are offended that someone charged with overseeing public education would take such risks and be so foolhardy.

Foolhardy doesn’t exactly describe his actions, does it?

His comments, meant to be anonymous, were racist and spanned years. Anybody with the views he espoused shouldn’t have anything to do with education, much less be a state superintendent.

 

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Local
Next Story
Valerie Strauss · June 25