State Senator Jim Hughes (R) has frequently been endorsed by Ohio’s labor unions, including both of the major teachers’ unions, the Ohio Federation of Teachers and the Ohio Education Association.  In Columbus, Hughes’ endorsement is often touted as evidence of a reminder that public education does not have to be a partisan issue as he regularly strayed from the Republican views to support public school teachers.

Beyond his support of public education, Hughes was one of the Republicans who refused to support Senate Bill 5 as he voted NO on the legislation more times than any other GOP Senator in the General Assembly by virtue of his seat on the Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee where the bill originated.  The bill passed that committee 7-5 with Hughes joining the four Democrats in opposition.

Those days are over as Hughes’ has fully revealed his Republican stripes in the wake of the Republican Presidential primary.  Instead of simply staying silent on the candidates as many others in Ohio have opted to do, Hughes has professed his unwavering support for Rick Santorum, a candidate who has such anti-public education positions as:

“…the idea that the federal government should be running schools, frankly much less that the state government should be running schools, is anachronistic.”

“Most presidents homeschooled their children in the White House. … Parents educated their children because it was their responsibility.”  (False. Few actually had school-age children.)

About a decade ago, Santorum and his wife, Karen, enrolled five of their children in the Western Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. That was during the time that Santorum served as a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania [and lived in Virginia].

And this doesn’t even scratch the surface of all of Santorum’s obsessions about uteri.

And instead of avoiding this maelstrom of controversy friend of labor and public education Jim Hughes has turned his back on these loyal and vocal supporters, many of whom typically vote the Democrat ticket.

First, Hughes posted a Santorum sign in his yard, a public display of support noticed by his neighbors (thanks for the heads up).

At top left is a picture from the Franklin County Auditor‘s page that can be used to verify that this is his house (for fun, zoom in to see his Don’t Tread on Me flag), in the center is the wide view of his yard, and at the bottom is a close up of the signs.

 

 

And since that might not have been enough of an endorsement for people, Hughes (at left) appeared on stage with Santorum at a recent campaign stop in Ohio.  He threw in Mike Dewine (center) for good measure.

 

Anyone who stands behind the demeaning positions of Rick Santorum is in no way a friend of public education.  This year, Jim Hughes has apparently decided to go it alone and forgo his coveted endorsements by Ohio’s teacher unions.

So when you Remember in November this year, know that the Senate Bill 5 voting record is not enough.  You must now cross State Senator Jim Hughes off of your candidate list. 

Jim Hughes is no friend of public education (or labor, or women).

He’s now a friend of Santorum.

 

Sadly, Hughes likely gained this level of comfort because he is running unopposed for his seat this fall and cannot therefore be voted out.  So instead, this must serve as a cautionary tale for Ohio voters.  We must remember the tumultuous 2011 not only this November, but for many years to come.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/PaulAckerman Paul Ackerman

    And the county party ran … no one against him it seems.  Boy was *I* surprised to see no Democratic name on my primary ballot when it arrived in the mail last week.  That and we couldn’t bother running anyone in four county judge races either. 

  • CDR_Janny

    Damn.  Wish I still lived down there in Klumpus.  I would have been happy to run against Hughes. 

    Can someone get a viable write-in campaign going?

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