This just in: I’m told by a confidential source that our friend Thucky (the troll who can’t quit us) will be standing in for John “Empty Chair” Huppenthal at the next debate among the Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates.
I’m still trying to corroborate the source, but there is a logic to it. Think about it. It’s the perfect marriage of convenience. Huppenthal’s schedule is too jam packed to permit him to keep debate commitments. He’s had to back out at the last minute three times in a row. Thucky has exactly the opposite problem. By definition, he has too much time on his hands. He is, after all, a blog troll. The Thuckmeister posts comments here and on other blogs at all times of the day and night. Parceling out enough time to fill in for Huppenthal would be a walk in the park for ole Thuck.
And Thucky has extensive knowledge of where Huppenthal stands and on Huppenthal’s life story, so he wouldn’t need a ton of prep time. Check out these comments from Thucky over the years:
February 21, 2014 (BfAZ):
What? Someone who has supported unlimited school choice for over 20 years supports school choice and that is a news story? The problem is Huppenthal was working his behind off helping school districts and superintendents do their job and they falsely concluded that he was one of them. Obviously, he is not. They are shocked. Im sure Huppenthal will be doing robocalls, i think i got 20 from him in the last election. I would imagine those calls will also extoll the virtues of a parent having the power to choose their childs school. Over 75 percent of the electorate supports that idea. Im also sure of another thing, he will be our next superintendent. People like the idea of a blind child being able to read and climb mt Kilamanjaro and be able to earn a living.
Imagine that? Twenty robocalls from Huppenthal to Thucky in one election cycle. I wonder if they ever spoke directly.
February 12, 2014 (BfAZ):
Well, how about some respect for the English language? What Huppenthal said is literally true. He is the Superintendent of Public Instruction, not the Superintendent of Public Schools. There is quite a difference. By just quoting the second clause of that sentence, you are not being honest. The ESA program has less than 900 students in Arizona and incredibly small number relative to other states and primarily goes to the benefit of Special Education students. Anyone who is proud of the outcomes for all of our special education students needs to do some self reflection.
September 30, 2010 (The Range (as Falcon9)):
Huppenthal has debated his opponent numerous times – most recently in a debate sponsored by the African American Commission. These debates are rigged debates, scheduled in Catalina, Vail and Scottsadale – all designed to put his opponent, a democrat in front of Republican audiences. The design uses taxpayer dollars, email lists, etc to advance a democrat’s campaign. Where are the debates in Sunnyside, Roosevelt, etc that would draw a democrat audience? Those aren’t happening.
Huppenthal’s campaign is based on the fact that he actually made a huge difference in Arizona. He saved the Career Ladder program, create statewide performance pay for teachers, introduced teacher job satisfaction measurement. He is a candidate who will make a difference.
December 1, 2010 (the Range (as Falcon9)):
This article is silly. Huppenthal noted that TUSD ethnic studies appeared to be teaching a false, one-sided history. They were teaching their students that Benjamin Franklin was a racist. In fact, Benjamin Franklin was President of the Pennsylvania abolutionist society influencing Pennsylvania to be the first state to ban the slave trade, Franklin freed his own slaves and gave them positions of responsibility in his companies and Franklin paid out of his own pocket to create the first african american schools in this country. Franklin was the most influential of the founding fathers in creating the first amendment to the constitution. Franklin was a co-author of the declaration of independence. All this and all they were teaching these students was that Franklin was a racist. That amounts to poisoning students minds.
Indeed, Thucky’s knowledge of Huppenthal goes all the way back to Huppenthal’s childhood. September 8, 2013 (BfAZ):
As for Huppenthal hating public education and hispanics, that’s not going to wash. Huppenthal grew up in south Tucson, all of his friends were Hispanics. He was the only Caucasian in his social group. Jimmy Ortega, Manny Gonzales, Luis Rodriguez, Charlie Praciado, Marcelino Lucero.
Awesome. Huppenthal’s childhood took place almost 50 years ago, and Thucky reels off the names of childhood friends like it was yesterday. He seems to know Huppenthal’s life so thoroughly that he identifies with him. Indeed, ole Thucky identifies so much with Huppenthal, he even has signed Huppenthal’s name to a comment. November 7, 2013 (Thucydides Page at the Education Action Network):
Liz Fagan, their Superintendent, was the Superintendent at Tucson Unified School district prior to John Pedicone.
Wow!! If I were Huppenthal, I’d be a little creeped out by Thucky. But they seem to have a history together, going back to childhood. Nobody would be better suited than Thucky to fill in. Heck, if Thucky bore a physical resemblance to Huppenthal, you might not be able to tell them apart.
I’m still trying to corroborate my source here. Maybe Thucky can help me out. Thucky??? Are you out there somewhere? Can you help me out here?