This is what you’ve been waiting for, dear reader. Tomorrow, 24 May, is the big day! That’s when there will be a runoff election to choose the Republican candidate for the District 9 seat on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE).
The leading candidate is Mary Lou Bruner. Her write-up in Wikipedia says:
[She] has been called the “looniest politician in Texas”, has been publicly ridiculed for her views. “I don’t know why I’m getting so much attention” Bruner said in an interview. “I’m just saying what I believe.”
Mary Lou’s opponent for the nomination is Keven Ellis, a chiropractor. Both are seeking the seat currently held by Thomas Ratliff, who is not running for re-election. Until 2010, that seat had been occupied by the legendary creationist dentist Don McLeroy, and as we reported earlier, Don McLeroy Endorses Mary Lou Bruner.
With the fading careers of past Creationist Hotties, Mary Lou has become our new creationist poster girl. We look forward to her success in winning the McLeroy seat. She is the embodiment of ideal creationist womanhood.
We’ve recently posted about some setbacks Mary Lou’s campaign has received. In Mary Lou Countdown — 9 Days To Go, we reported that the Longview News-Journal, located in Mary Lou’s District 9, had endorsed her opponent. And in Mary Lou Countdown — 5 Days To Go, we learned that a local tea party had withdrawn their earlier endorsement of her candidacy.
Can anything else go wrong? Apparently so. Today, on the eve of the primary election, in the Tyler Morning Telegraph of Tyler, Texas we read Tyler Paper makes runoff endorsements. Why is that important? Because Tyler is located in Smith County, one of the counties that comprise District 9, which Mary Lou hopes to represent.
Most of the newspaper’s endorsements don’t interest us, but here’s what they say about Mary Lou’s contest:
In the Republican primary runoff election for the State Board of Education, retired Mineola educator Mary Lou Bruner is facing off with Lufkin school board president Keven Ellis. Because of some troubling statements and claims made by Ms. Bruner – in the past and more recently – our endorsement goes to Ellis.
We’re getting worried. What will we do without Mary Lou? Well, it’s still too early to think about that. The newspaper also says:
Both are conservative Republicans who want to see more local control and less of the onerous high-stakes testing that plague our classrooms. But the truth is the issue here. Ms. Bruner has made, and continues to make, untrue statements and bizarre claims. She refused to admit a mistake. Ellis is a committed conservative and a proven leader. Ellis will bring a clear head and a responsible tone to the board.
That’s all they say about the Mary Lou election, but it’s not good. Tomorrow’s voting will tell the tale. This is where the results will be posted, so stay tuned to this blog!
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