THE last time we wrote about the nomination of Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist whom Governor Rick Perry has appointed to continue as chairman of the Texas Board of Education (BOE), was three weeks ago: Texas Senate Refuses To Confirm McLeroy! Back then it seemed that the appointment would be be rejected by the Texas Senate.
It’s ironic that McLeroy’s nomination was in trouble because he wants to teach about supernatural occurrences in Texas science classes; but lo and behold, it seems that miracles do indeed sometimes happen.
The Dallas Morning News informs us: McLeroy nomination as SBOE chairman resurrected. It’s a short article, so we’ll copy most of it. The bold font was added by us:
State Board of Education Chairman Don McLeroy may not be ousted by the Senate from his leadership post as many had predicted. The Senate Nominations Committee on Wednesday voted 4-2 to send McLeroy’s name to the full Senate, which will make a decision next week – the last week of the regular session. Four Republicans voted to recommend McLeroy while two Democrats on the panel voted against him.
One can never rest easy while the legislature is in session. Let’s read on:
Gov. Rick Perry’s nomination of McLeroy, R-College Station, to chair the education board had been held up in the Senate committee for weeks after the chamber’s Democratic caucus indicated that its members would oppose confirmation. Because confirmation of gubernatorial appointments requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate, the Democrats can block any nomination if its 12 members hold together.
Well, what happened? We continue:
But there were signs Wednesday that one or two Democrats might join Senate Republicans and vote in favor of McLeroy.
Creationist democrats? Oh yes, there are lots of them. Here’s the end of the article:
Democrats have criticized McLeroy for allegedly mixing his religious views with new science standards for schools. The showdown on the nomination will come on the Senate floor early next week.
It’s gonna be High Noon, but without Gary Cooper.
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