A few weeks ago we told you about a new development in the always-weird annals of Texas creationism. That was McLeroy Supporters Strike Back! The hard-core creationists on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) were enraged because their intellectual champion, creationist dentist Don McLeroy, had been defeated in last year’s election by Thomas Ratliff. They were questioning whether Ratliff was eligible to serve because he is a lobbyist.
Well, the latest creationist tantrum has come to nothing, and we found two news stories about it. First, we’ll give you some excerpts from Attempts to sink Ratliff run aground, which appears in the Daily Tribune located in Mount Pleasant, Texas — Ratliff’s home town. The bold font was added by us:
When conservatives attempted recently to oust Thomas Ratliff from the State Board of Education, they found the Mount Pleasant Republican was two steps ahead of them.
“It’s fine,” Ratliff, who works as a lobbyist in Austin during legislative sessions, laughed about the right-wing plot. “I actually called the Travis County District Attorney’s office which has a public integrity unit. I told them that there is a concern raised and I wanted them to come investigate me.”
We like this fellow’s style. The story goes on:
“They said that s far as they know I’m the first public official to ask them to come investigate him,” Ratliff revealed.
Ratliff has no doubts about the source of his problem. “They are just mad at me for beating Dr. Don McLeroy.”
The Travis County District Attorney’s Office has cleared new State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff, R-Mt. Pleasant, of conflict of interest allegations.
That’s plain enough. The rest of the article is the text of a long letter from Susan H. Oswalt of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Public Integrity Unit. It’s addressed to Gail Lowe, chairman of the SBOE. Lowe is McLeroy’s successor in that post, and she’s the one who started the investigation.
It’s a great letter. Click over there and read it. Ratliff is cleaner than any politician in Texas. Tough luck for the creationists.
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