John Huppenthal Apologizes for Blog Comments but Won't Resign

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Matthew Hendley


Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal says he's sorry for making offensive blog comments, but he's not resigning.

Huppenthal, a former Republican state lawmaker, was outed for writing comments under several pseudonyms saying things like people on food stamps are "lazy pigs," and that Spanish should be banned from public use.

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"I'm here today to repudiate those blog comments, renounce those blog comments," Huppenthal said. "They're not what's in my mind. They don't reflect the love that's in my heart."
Our successful small businessmen/job creators are being taxed to death. At most, they should give up 40 cents on the dollar to expanding government burden. But, Obama demands 63 cents. Meanwhile, Obama is rewarding the lazy pigs with Food Stamps (44 million people), air conditioning, free health care, flat screen TV's (typical of "poor" families).

--John Huppenthal as Falcon9
He explained that he was attempting to explain his beliefs in the comments, but "expressed those sentiments" incorrectly, by focusing on the people instead of the policy, he said.
"We all need to stomp out balkanization. No spanish radio stations, no spanish billboards, no spanish tv stations, no spanish newspapers. This is America, speak English."

--Falcon9

"I don't mind them selling Mexican food as long as the menus are mostly in English. And, I'm not being humorous or racist. A lot is at stake here."

--Falcon9
Huppenthal said the ability of Arizona children to read, write, and speak English is still very important to him.

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John Huppenthal
He did admit that the comments were hurtful, and apologized several times, saying he needed to bring more "honor" to the job.

"I don't mind getting beat up . . . that comes with the territory -- that doesn't bother me," Huppenthal said. "What does bother me is that my blog comments were hurtful."

Resignation, however, is not on the table.

"I'm moving forward in service . . . we are doing incredible things in this agency," he said, before rattling off some accomplishments.

Huppenthal broke down in tears at his press conference -- scheduled to be an hour before another press conference calling for his resignation. But it's back to work for Falcon9.

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127 comments
ndege63
ndege63

Voting for this guy is a disgrace to modern society. Even true conservatives agree. Have you seen "Catching a Predator" ?. This Huperntal guy whatever his name is has no business heading the education system. he is one of the psychos that manage to slip through and cause more harm than good. I guarantee you, he is one of the sick old men that are always online with with fake names posting everything you can imagine of. Remember the creepy New York Congressman.

Jukes
Jukes

This is another animal that should be on a leash and not running loose in public.

Michael Secord
Michael Secord

John and his prejudices have no business in education other than as an example of how NOT to be !

kevkev
kevkev

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Boo
Boo who?
Boo Hoo, it's Arizona public-schools chief John Huppenthal


Ring Ring

Who's there?

Robo

Robo who?


Robo call from Arizona public-schools chief John Huppenthal, alerting households they may qualify for "empowerment scholarship accounts," a state program that underwrites education choices "including private school."

"That’s right," , "You may be able to send your child to private school with public taxes — for free."

Linda Estrada
Linda Estrada

I believe the Republican Party will force him to resign so they can run a viable candidate with a chance of winning.

Dannene Truett
Dannene Truett

Please spare us the national derision generated by another kook.

Marcia Meyer
Marcia Meyer

Not only should he resign, but let's be careful as Arizonans, to elect wiser people to office.

Ron Pies
Ron Pies

This is it totally. He said what he meant. He gets caught and is only sorry of that.

Nicholas John
Nicholas John

He won't though, so we need to make sure people get out and vote him out. Davis Garcia for superintendent!!!

Kyle Doctor
Kyle Doctor

Yes, dude is old and ignorant. He can say what he wants to, but as a private citizen, not a government official. In the private sector with his responsibilities, he would be fired. Why do people keep electing embarrassing fools without vetting them. Who wants ppl like this representing us? Paranoid freaks?

Patty Tusay
Patty Tusay

Donny he is a racist and biased. Do you want that part of education today for your children?

Kyle Acedo
Kyle Acedo

No, we need more people who can speak their minds and not sugar coat any thing.

Donny Jaeger
Donny Jaeger

No... what he said had nothing to do with his job

Cheryl Perez
Cheryl Perez

he's not sorry ! sorry maybe he got caught!

Alex Gutierrez
Alex Gutierrez

What a pig, Don Imus was fired for making similar comments, politicians get away with it Mexican style... they can do what ever they want...

Mitzi Hess Olivere
Mitzi Hess Olivere

He doesn't speak for rich white students. Stereotypes are dangerous.

Warren Klofkorn
Warren Klofkorn

Let him draw the mess out a while longer. See which of his GOP buddies stick up for him and make asses of themselves, too.

Jeff Kee
Jeff Kee

This racist ego-maniac asshole needs to resign. He doesn't represents all students but only white rich students.

Terri LaValle
Terri LaValle

Of course he should resign. How can he even show his face in this state?

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Because as with most politicians in this state, they have no shame for being ASSHOLES.

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