As reported by the Austin American-Statesman, Texas Governor Rick Perry’s renomination of Don McLeroy for a second term as Chairman of the State Board of Education was NOT CONFIRMED by the state Senate: “The 19 to 11 party-line vote [Thursday, May 28, 2009] was not enough to get McLeroy across the required two-thirds threshold.”
Here is the full audio recording of the debate on McLeroy’s confirmation (1hr. 3 min. mp3; play here or download): TxSenate090529McL.mp3 .
Click here for streaming video (.rm) of the entire 6 hr. + session on the Texas Senate website (McLeroy debate starts at 1:15 into the session).
My personal favorite moment from the debate was when Senator Steve Ogden extolled Chairman Mc’s qualifications to make judgments contrary to prevailing scientific consensus (click here for audio):
He does have a better scientific background than most of us — he’s got a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering!
He has a better science background than most of us — he’s a Doctor of Dental Science [sic] — Hell, he IS a scientist!
(Note: Ogden was not the only McLeroy supporter to credit his “Doctor of Dental Science” degree, although a DDS is actually a “Doctor of Dental Surgery.”
Click here for (many) previous posts on Chairman Mc (some including audio and/or video) on this blog.