As you know, Mary Lou Bruner (pictured above) will be in the May runoff election for a seat on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). The last time we wrote about this race was Texas SBOE Runoff — Creationism Returns?
Mary Lou has said that school shootings “started after the schools started teaching evolution,” and that Obama was a male prostitute when he lived in New York. She’s running for what had once been Don McLeroy’s seat. Until 2010, the SBOE was dominated by McLeroy, the creationist dentist, until he was defeated that year in the Republican primary by Thomas Ratliff. Ratliff is not seeking re-election this year. His seat is open, and Mary Lou is one of those trying to take his place. She won 48 percent of the Republican primary vote earlier this month, and will face opponent Keven Ellis, a chiropractor, in a May 24 runoff.
With that background, we present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Texas’ Most Notable Creationist Says Mary Lou Bruner Will Be a ‘Great Asset’ to Ed Board, which appears in the Texas Observer, a nonprofit news organization founded in 1954, located in Austin, Texas, the state capital. The bold font was added by us:
Bruner’s campaign has already returned the State Board of Education to its familiar place, up on a tee for easy jokes at Texas’ expense, and should she win her runoff election in May — which is likely — there it will stay for at least four more years. Departing board member Thomas Ratliff, whose seat Bruner would fill, told the Dallas Morning News she would be a “human rain delay.” Her ascendance to the board would signal that the last few years of relative calm have been not progress but an aberration, and that the board had returned to its natural state of chaos.
Now for the big news:
Count Don McLeroy among those looking forward to it. His dozen years on the board are the reason it has acquired a reputation for relitigating whether humans walked with dinosaurs.
“I think she’ll be a great asset,” McLeroy said. “She testified all the time when I was on the board.”
In Texas, that’s gold. Let’s read on:
McLeroy said he believes Bruner “will do an awesome job” on the board, particularly in reasserting its authority after the Legislature spent years reining it in, and in advocating for “good, traditional education.” … McLeroy’s advice to Bruner is to be “circumspect” in what she says and writes. “Back when I was on the board there were no tweets by Don McLeroy,” he said. “There’s so much more that you can find about people today than there was back then.”
Don’t tweet. That’s good advice. The story continues with news of yet another endorsement:
… Donna Garner, a conservative education blogger near Waco (she once organized a boycott of Dr Pepper because it released soda cans declaring “One Nation … Indivisible,” without the words “Under God”) has alerted her following that “Texas public school students, parents, and teachers badly need Mary Lou Bruner on the SBOE.”
Here’s the last of it:
Bruner may have deleted most of her own inflammatory posts, but she hasn’t lost her flair for social media — in late February she publicly posted a note to a reporter with whom she’d been arguing about geology: “You are very naive,” she wrote, “if you believe a tiny river carved out the Grand Canyon.”
With McLeroy’s support, it looks like Mary Lou will be the likely winner. That’s horrible news for Texas, of course, but not for this humble blogger. We can look forward to a great new source of entertainment.
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