John Huppenthal's Top Ten
(Alleged) Comments as a Sock Puppet (w/Update)
Update: One day after this blog item was published, the Superintendent formally admitted that he is the author of the posts listed below.
Arizona Schools Superintendent John Huppenthal has no problemo shilling for private schools in annoying robocalls to unsuspecting citizens, but if you call him at home to ask about recent reports of his commenting on various websites (including ours) under names such as Falcon 9, Thucydides, and Socrates, you may get a dial tone instead of answers.
See, after waiting all day Monday to get a response from the GOP officeholder through regular channels, I figured I'd try him at home and ask him about being outed as a not-so-secret blogger by Bob Lord, attorney and former Democratic Congressional candidate, who writes for the influential, lefty opinion outlet BlogforArizona.net.
Why, I hadn't talked to my old bud, Hupp, since I saw him at a gun nut rally a while back at the state Capitol. I was certain he'd be happy to hear from me.
Boy, was I mistaken.
Uriel Garcia Is Hupp an Internet addict? Does he need an intervention?
"Hey, Steve, how ya doin'?" he asked. Then, immediately, "You're gonna have better luck on your next phone call. I'm gonna let you go."
"Aw, come on," I said. "Why don't you wanna talk to me . . . about you pretending to be somebody else online? I want to make sure you actually are doing that. You know, using sock puppets online."
(Could've sworn he actually chuckled a bit here.)
"Hey, you're going to have better luck on your next call," he repeated.
"So you're not denying it?" I shot back.
"Don't believe everything you read on the Internet," he said before hanging up.
Channel 12's piece on Lord's outing Hupp already had runon the station's six o'clock broadcast before I called him. Considering this and my inquiries earlier in the day, the context of my questions should have been apparent to the superintendent.
I followed up with an e-mail to his personal e-mail address, trying to coax him out of his shell. No reply so far.