Thursday, July 03, 2014

Arizona Democrats call for Huppenthal’s resignation

Arizona Democrats call for Huppenthal’s resignation

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today Arizona Democrats at the Legislature together urged John Huppenthal to resign from his position as the state’s superintendent of public instruction.

Democrats from the Arizona House and Senate signed the letter, which was then hand delivered
 to Huppenthal’s office.  The legislators told the superintendent they believe he now lacks the credibility necessary to hold the public’s trust.

“The comments Superintendent Huppenthal made were disrespectful, inappropriate and dehumanizing. He also attempted to deceive the public by promoting these statements anonymously and from an office provided at taxpayer expense,” Assistant House Minority Leader Bruce Wheeler, D-Tucson (District 10), said. “It is untrustworthy behavior.”

Wheeler added that Arizonans expect the superintendent to be a role model for the education community and that Huppenthal has failed.

“The majority of Arizonans support and embrace diversity,” Wheeler said. “That is why Huppenthal’s comments were so shocking. It is time for him to step down and allow a more trustworthy public servant to lead our school system.”

A copy of the letter is available online at


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