Gregg Henton is running as part of a joint campaign with Maria Lopez-Dauenhauer, Wendy Imel, and Jon Haffner.
On Thursday, Lopez-Dauenhauer posted tweets (screenshot in sidebar) seemingly of disapproval as Henton’s tweets gained traction in the community. These were posted after I asked whether the joint campaign would denounce Henton’s behavior.
That vague-tweet condemnation was deleted the next day.
Soon after, a statement of defiant solidarity was posted to the “School Board 2021” website. The letter complains about efforts to “mischaracterize our views and misrepresent our words.”
Let’s be clear: They’re Henton’s words, not mine.
All four candidates are now doubling down on denial.
The problem with running as a joint campaign is that you become bound to each candidate. Their actions reflect on your judgement. With this statement, each of the four are making a choice in how to treat this.
They could demonstrate leadership. They could model appropriate behavior and making hard, moral choices for their students.
Instead, you get this.
It’s also no longer just the four on the ballot. Local Republicans have now gone public with their endorsements for this bloc. The candidates are proudly displaying the endorsements on their websites and social media.
Parents and politics?
Those endorsements were issued after Henton’s rage tweets were made public.
Henton reportedly told others that he was recruited by Henderson while staffing the Republicans’ booth at the Sportsmans show in March.
“So I was manning the Republican Booth at the Sportsman’s show and Phil Henderson said they couldn’t find a fourth to run for school board. So I asked if that’s something I could do.”
Other notable names include:
- Bill Moseley, former city councilor
- Justin Livingston, former city councilor
- Andy High, former school board member
- And some random people from California?
Whereas it briefly appeared Maria Lopez-Dauenhauer might have understood what the right call was, politics won out. With the passing of a day, the joint campaign undoubtedly had a huddle and decided what course to chart.
They chose doubling down. On hate.
In case there is still any doubt that Gregg Henton might be the kind of angry comments guy who tweets the nonsense displayed here, he appeared on the Lars Larson show on Wednesday and removed all doubt.
One choice line: “What they’re going to be doing is pushing a – I hate to say it – but a guilt trip on our children, especially our white children. Billy won’t play with me because I’m white.’ This is where this is going.”
In the news
- Race, politics, partisanship: Bend school board race sees unusual division. The Bulletin. May 7, 2021.
- Unusually contentious race for BLP school board draws local, national attention. Central Oregon Daily. May 6, 2021.