Mary Lou Countdown — 5 Days To Go

Mary Lou Bruner

Mary Lou Bruner

This coming Tuesday is the big day! That’s when there will be a runoff election to choose the Republican candidate for a seat on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). Texas GOP voters in District 9 will be deciding whether their candidate in the general election will be Mary Lou Bruner or Keven Ellis, a chiropractor.

In our last post on this topic, Mary Lou Countdown — 9 Days To Go,
we wrote about an editorial opposing Mary Lou and recommending her opponent. It didn’t appear in just any newspaper, but in the Longview News-Journal of Longview, Texas. That city is located in two Texas counties that are both in District 9 which Mary Lou will represent — if she wins. That means Mary Lou’s hometown newspaper is against her.

Today that same newspaper brings us even more bad news for Mary Lou. Their headline is Tea party group drops endorsement of Bruner for state ed board. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

An East Texas tea party group has withdrawn its endorsement of Mary Lou Bruner for the State Board of Education, saying the candidate’s statements have raised questions about her integrity. Tyler-based Grassroots America-We The People said Wednesday evening it had voted to drop its endorsement of Bruner … .

They un-endorsed her? M’god! From what we’ve seen that goes on in East Texas, we would ordinarily assume that such an action means Mary Lou isn’t wacky enough for tea party support. We know some tea party people (but not in East Texas), and they’re the traditional limited-government, low-tax type of conservative — not the new crowd of “social conservatives” who are obsessed with sex and religion. So why do we say that about East Texas?

We must remember that until 2010, that seat on the SBOE had been occupied by Don McLeroy, the legendary creationist dentist, and Don McLeroy Endorses Mary Lou Bruner. But this may be that virtually impossible, once in a universe occurrence when a candidate is so far over the edge that even an East Texas tea party group can’t support her. On with the news story:

Earlier this week, the organization said it was reconsidering its endorsement of Bruner after her recent appearance at a meeting with East Texas school superintendents. At that meeting, the retired elementary teacher made statements called out immediately as false by the educators.

Imagine that! Let’s read on:

Earlier, Bruner drew national attention for a series of comments made via social media.

We’ve written about those, but they mention one that we don’t remember seeing before:

They included claims that the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut didn’t happen but were a government hoax to stir up anti-gun sentiment … .

Isn’t she great? The rest of the article is old news, at least for our regular readers. You can click over to the newspaper to read it all if you like.

This election is getting down to the end, dear reader. In only a few more days, we’ll know if your Curmudgeon will be enjoying blogging ecstasy for years to come — which Mary Lou will surely provide — or if we’ll have to scramble around for creationist entertainment. There’s a lot riding on this election. Stay tuned to this blog!

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16 responses to “Mary Lou Countdown — 5 Days To Go

  1. waldteufel

    Steady on there, dear Curmudgeon! Remember, we’re talking about East Texas here, where the universe is 6,000 years old and the earth is flat. I can feel your nervousness as the big election draws closer, but worry not! Mary Lou will win, and all will be well for your blog’s future. Her statement about Sandy Hook, vile as it is, will only increase Mary Lou’s redneck cred.

  2. This loin-tingling photo of the delectable Ms Bruner needs a caption, viz.:

    THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON CREATIONISM!

  3. Ken Phelps

    @Megalonyx – Dear God, man, have you no shame. Loin-tingling? Ending this sort of depravity is exactly why Mary Lou’s steady hand is needed on the tiller!

  4. Please, Ken Phelps, get a grip on yourself.

  5. michaelfugate

    You can read Mary Lou’s letter here.
    http://gawtp.com/sadly-we-must-withdraw-endorsement-in-sboe-9-race/
    She is still living in 1970.

  6. “She is still living in 1970.”
    How about 1870 or better 1570!
    Having grown up in Dallas in the 50s and 60s I can still remember the Impeach Earl Warren signs in the yards. Of course that doesn’t come close to the nut jobs in Texas these days. Those of us who were more moderate in our politics used to think that you couldn’t get much further right than we were in the 60s with Barry Goldwater, but today it’s clear that there is no limit to crazy. I’ve just about given up hope that Texas will ever regain a sense of rationality in my lifetime.

  7. docbill1351

    Well, at least now we know how far off the Bat Guano Crazy chart you have to be to lose “Tea Party” support.

  8. @SC: I see what you did there…

  9. michaelfugate

    Somehow I don’t think Mary Lou would approve of people “gripping their tillers”?

  10. michaelfugate doubts that

    Mary Lou would approve of people “gripping their tillers”

    Yes, no doubt she disapproves of anyone gripping ones own tiller.

    But her truly apoplectic rage is likley reserved for the grippers of other folks tillers.

  11. You didn’t link to the incredible video that Pharyngula had.
    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2016/05/20/what-does-it-take-to-get-rid-of-delusional-public-servants/
    Stupid piled on stupid piled on lies.

  12. Stephen Richards

    Fans of Mary Lou will be delighted to view a televised face-off between Mary Lou and her opponent wherein the host asked the opponent if he is “Christian enough” for the job. This question is clearly on the top of the voters’ minds.

    I lived within 25 miles of Tyler and Longview for five years. The area contains pockets of sanity surrounded by regions of ignorance.

  13. @ Stephen Richards: Many thanks for that splendid link!

    I somehow missed hearing when exactly Texas was granted exemption from Article VI, Clause 3 of the US Constitution, viz.

    no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States

    Are any other States of the Union also excluded from this provision?

  14. Stephen Richards

    @Megalonyx : To understand the view of the Texas Republican Party regarding the relationship between the federal government and the states, you need to read the party platform.

    It’s not a love fest.

    As the article points out, their views were on the losing end of “a rather enthusiastic debate in the years 1861-1865”.

  15. @ Stephen Richards: Again, I must thank you for links to insightful items which have expanded my knowledge.

    But it has left my eyes and brain feeling deeply sullied…

  16. Stephen Richards

    @Megalonyx : Here is an interesting link that divides the U.S. into 11 “countries” based on their culture.

    Smith (Tyler) and Gregg (Longview) counties are just inside the Deep South region while to the west much of the rest of Texas is in Greater Appalachia. This gives some insight into the origin of the attitudes toward government that are often found in this region. Studying Texas history (which my kids did in school while we lived there) gives more insight into the view that Texas has special rights. After all, it was an independent country from 1836 to 1846 and only agreed to be admitted to the Union if they were allowed to fly the Texas flag at the same height as the American flag.