A recent National Journal Magazine article highlights the split within the Alabama Republican Party over the Common Core education standards. The focus is Mary Scott Hunter, the District 8 representative to the State Board of Education. Hunter voted for Common Core and, along with State Senator Bill Holtzclaw, was censured by the Madison County Republican Executive Committee for it.
Of course, the go-to guy in Madison County for outrageous quotes is Hugh McInnish, who serves on the Madison County Committee & state Republican Committee when he isn't pushing birther conspiracy theories & sharing his novel views on education. Truly, the guy is really, really busy look looking infiltrators, immigrants, and other undesirables. And he's finding them among fellow Republicans.
McInnish and another Madison County critic of Hunter, recently challenged Hunter's spot in the Republican primary:
Mary Scott Hunter this afternoon survived a “false flag” challenge, as the Alabama GOP rejected a petition to yank Hunter's name from the Republican ballot.
Two members of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee — Hugh McInnish and Dean Johnson — argued that Hunter had run for office as a Republican, but as of late had taken up the “Democrat and Liberal standard.” At issue was support of Common Core.
Many of us who watch the Alabama GOP closely are surprised by McInnish's allegation that his party is a hotbed of Democrats and Liberals. His explanation for this a tiny nugget buried in the article, but surely worth mentioning:
Back in Alabama, Hugh McInnish, a retired engineer and a conservative activist who voted to censure school board member Hunter, worries that people who in a more liberal state would be Democrats are diluting Alabama’s Republican Party. “It’s fair to say that in Alabama, the Democratic Party is the black party and the Republican Party is the white party,” he says. “Almost anyone [white] who wants to seek political office has got to run as a Republican. We now have all of the old Democrats saying, ‘I want to be a Republican,’ and they are not.”
Trust old Hugh to explain any and every issue in “black and white” terms. If there's ever a nationwide shortage of aluminium, it will be because Hugh McInnish is stockpiling it to make his tinfoil hats.