Now, after exhaustive research by the crack RTP team, the answer to that question is both astonishing and disturbing. “Astonishing” in that how this guy ever made it past the interview process. “Disturbing” that the Haslam administration either didn’t do its homework and hid or ignored what they discovered or — most disturbing — that Haslam actually agrees with Huffman’s left-wing ideology.
Read for yourself the public pronouncements of one Kevin Huffman:
In 2009 Huffman was a guest columnist for the far left-wing Democracy journal (“The mission of Democracy is to build a vibrant and vital progressivism…”) where he praised Barack Obama and his administration’s attempt to nationalize education as it is embodied in the Common Core curriculum.
In a series of columns he wrote for US News & World Report, Huffman:
- Belittled those who feel Christianity is under attack by the liberals and the media (“Bah Humbug”) and criticized Republicans for trying “to play the majority-victim card” on Christmas like they did “on behalf of whites” as well as heterosexuals. (12-21-2010).
- Promoted gay marriage and declared those who were opposed were “limited to the old and to self-identified Republicans.” (1-18-2011).
- Denied there was main-stream media liberal bias and went after Rush Limbaugh “and the whine of right-wing radio.” (1-11-2011)
- Then, on December 28, 2010, shortly before Haslam named him education commissioner of Tennessee, Huffman wrote: “I voted for the president (Obama).”
We encourage RTP readers to take a moment to call or email people like Ron Ramsey, Jack Johnson, Beth Harwell, Gerald McCormick, Harry Brooks and Mark White, etc and ask them a simple question:
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING DEFENDING THIS GUY AND HIS POLICIES?!?
Time for a floor Senate floor vote like the Common Core/PARCC “no confidence” vote that passed the House 82-11. What about it, Ron? Cat got your tongue (or does Haslam have you by the short hairs)?