Texas Senate rejects creationist’s nomination


A victory in a war that should not be.

Texas Freedom Network carries the news (4:43 p.m. Central) that the Texas State Senate voted 19-11 in favor of Gov. Rick Perry’s nominee to head the State Board of Education, Don McLeroy, a wedge politician who represents the Beaumont area on the board of 15 commissioners.  Fortunately for Texas, the nomination needed 20 votes for approval.

Difficulty arises because there is not a candidate on the horizon from among the board’s members who probably has Perry’s favor and who is not a creationist, wedge politician.  Technically, Perry could reappoint McLeroy, some observers think, and he could occupy the seat until the next regular session of the Senate in two years.

It’s a story about a road that goes on forever and the bad politics never end.

Press release from TFN below the fold.

Senate Sends Message to State Board of Education: No More Culture Wars

Moments ago, the Texas Senate voted to reject Don McLeroy as chairman of the State Board of Education. The 19-11 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for confirmation. Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is releasing the following statement:

“Watching the state board the last two years has been like watching one train wreck after another. We had hoped that the Legislature would take more action to put this train back on the tracks, but clearly new leadership on the board was a needed first step. The governor should know that parents will be watching closely to see whether he chooses a new chairman who puts the education of their children ahead of personal and political agendas.”

Thanks to all of you who made calls and wrote letters about this important nomination. The Senate clearly heard your demands for responsible, common-sense leadership on the state board.

Regardless of the governor’s selection for the next chair of the board, our work is not done. With your support, TFN will continue leading the charge for sound education standards, ideology-free textbooks and the best interests of Texas school children.

Help us celebrate today’s victory with a gift to support our ongoing work at the State Board of Education and Legislature.

Cue up the Who and “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” and hope Gov. Perry will listen.

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5 Responses to Texas Senate rejects creationist’s nomination

  1. [...] Previous posts featuring McLeroy at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub here, and here, and here, and here, and here. [...]

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Every time I think of McLeroy as a dentist I think of “Nebraska Man.” It was a good, Christian dentist in that little Nebraska town who identified the pig teeth as human and got people all excited. It was paleontologists hoping for corroboration who found one among them who knew the difference between hominid and porcine teeth.

    Could McLeroy tell the difference, with all his doctoral wiles?

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  3. Tony Whitson says:

    Audio of the hour-long debate on McLeroy (without the rest of the 6 hour session) is now posted at
    http://curricublog.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/mcleroy-renomination-fails-in-texas/

    There’s also a short clip with just this bit from Sen. Ogden:

    He does have a better scientific background than most of us — he’s got a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering!

    He has a better science background than most of us — he’s a Doctor of Dental Science [sic] — Hell, he IS a scientist!

    (note: Ogden was not the only McLeroy supporter to gloss “DDS” as “Doctor of Dental Science”.)

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  4. firestripe says:

    That’s certainly good news! The voice of the people does work! But how much longer until the creationists try again?

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  5. [...] Network – • unofficial minutes by TFN blogger – • TFN Press Statement following the vote • Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub • [...]

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