The voters in the GOP primary run-off elections did themselves and Red a great disservice by rejecting Mary Lou Bruner for a position on the State Board of Education. Readers may recall that Bruner, a Tea Party stalwart and former school teacher, had claimed that President Obama had been a gay prostitute in his youth to pay for his drug habit. That’s just an extraordinary dose of crazy that very few politicians can deliver. But Bruner kept the hits coming when she also claimed that the Noah’s Ark flood had extinguished the dinosaurs and that the Democrats had killed President Kennedy. Such crazy talk did not keep Bruner down as she nearly won in the GOP primary in March and would surely have been elected to the SBOE in the fall despite her lunatic fringe beliefs. But alas, Bruner went down in flames Tuesday night losing the run off by 18 points to local school board president Keven Ellis. So unfortunately, Red will not be able to parade her around as the poster child for the band of right-wing zanies that goes by the name of the Texas GOP.
Mary Lou Bruner the GOP candidate for the Texas State Board of Education has been outspoken in her criticism of President Obama. All well and good, until it crosses the line to utter insanity. Late last year, Bruner posted the claim on her Facebook page that Obama worked as a gay prostitute in his 20’s to earn cash for his drug habit.
After the ridicule and scorn heaped on her ignorant shoulders from the national press, you might think Bruner would back down or at least make some attempt to back up her claims with some of those things called “facts.” She is supposedly interested in education after all. But no. In an interview with KERA in Denton, Bruner went all in.
“If he’s on drugs, then how did he pay for them?” she told KERA. “There’s two ways that people on welfare pay for drugs — they prostitute themselves or they steal.”
So our President was either a prostitute or a thief. This is the kind of lunacy the Tea Party has wrought. And this is the person that will be sitting on the State Board of Education setting policies and approving textbooks to guide our young students. It’s almost, but not quite, as frightening as growing prospect of a Cruz presidency.
“Obama has a soft spot for homosexuals because of the years he spent as a male prostitute in his twenties. That is how he paid for his drugs…Since he supports gay marriage, he should be proud of his background as a homosexual/bisexual. He is against everything else Christians stand for, he might as well be for infidelity.”
Mary Lou Bruner, Republican Candidate for the Texas State Board of Education.
Bruner exemplifies what has become of what was a respectable political institution – one that is now an almost complete farce. Bruner won 48% of the vote in the GOP primary and will likely win the runoff with support from Tea Partisans who actually believe such nonsense. And since she will have an “R” by her name, she will win in November and then will be part of the Board that approves your children’s textbooks. If that doesn’t frighten you, nothing will. But if you really like being frightened, read the Washington Post article on MLB. To quote Count Floyd, “It’s really, really scary kids.”