Years ago, back in the early days of this humble blog, Texas was a great source of creationist entertainment. The Texas State Board of Education was led by Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist, and he had a majority of like-minded people on the board — one of whom was Cynthia Dunbar. Those were grand times! When their elective careers were ending we wrote Don McLeroy & Cynthia Dunbar: The Last Hurrah.
Probably the last time we wrote about Dunbar was Texas Board of Education: Dunbar Drops Out. She announced that she would be teaching at the Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va.
Since then we haven’t thought about her at all, but suddenly this headline popped up in one of our news sweeps: Cynthia Dunbar, Ben Cline to seek Republican nod for 6th District seat. It’s in the Roanoke Times of Roanoke, Virginia. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Two Republicans have announced plans to seek Virginia’s 6th Congressional District seat after U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte announced his retirement Thursday. Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, and Cynthia Dunbar, a Republican National Committee member from Bedford County, will seek their party’s nomination in the spring for the open seat in the November 2018 election.
M’god — she wants to be in Congress! The newspaper says:
Both cited dysfunction in Washington, D.C., and maintaining the conservative values of the district as motivation for their congressional bids.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! There’s won’t be any dysfunction in Congress if Cynthia is a member.
The newspaper provides information about the Cline guy, but we’ll skip that. Then they tell us:
Dunbar, a lawyer who represents Virginia on the Republican National Committee, stressed her frustration with career politicians creating “disarray and dysfunction” in Congress when announcing her candidacy. A religious conservative, Dunbar, 53, snagged a seat on the Republican National Committee in May 2016. She has previously worked as an assistant law professor and adviser to the provost at Liberty University.
Dunbar is a former member of the Texas State Board of Education, and won her seat by advocating for teaching creationism or intelligent design, rather than the theory of evolution, in science classes.
Yup — that’s Cynthia. Another excerpt:
Dunbar and Cline may not be the only Republicans to vie for the open seat. … The 6th District GOP Committee will decide in January whether to hold a primary or a convention to the select its nominee, said Chairman Scott Sayre. Committee leadership has traditionally favored conventions in the past, he said.
It appears that we won’t know for a while what’s going on there, but we’ll keep watching. It’ll be fun to have another hard-core creationist in Congress.
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