Critics who engineered the recent ouster of State Board of Education Chairman Don McLeroy, in part because of his strong religious beliefs, could end up with someone even more outspoken in her faith.
Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, who advocated more Christianity in the public square last year with the publication of her book, One Nation Under God, is among those that Gov. Rick Perry is considering to lead the State Board of Education, some of her colleagues say.
Critics are gasping and allies are cheering over speculation that Dunbar, a lawyer, could win a promotion to the leadership spot.
“It would certainly cause angst among the same members of the pagan left that rejected Don McLeroy because he was a man of faith,” said David Bradley, R-Beaumont, one of the seven socially conservative members on the 15-person board.
Perry’s office declined to comment until “a final decision is made.”
No one can say we didn’t see this coming. It’s always about Rick Perry’s primary campaign, and board member Bradley’s comment sums up what the most important issue for the conservative movement is these days: Pissing off liberals. Who cares about anything else if it makes the “pagan left” unhappy? Well, some of us think that elevating Dunbar in this fashion will ultimately make it easier to beat her at the ballot box next year. So go right ahead, I say. Keep reminding everyone what a freak show the SBOE is, and how out of the mainstream the Republican Party that enables it is. We’ll be happy to have that conversation with the voters next year. Vince, EoW, and the Texas Freedom Network have more.