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Op-ed: Spellings’ past actions combating LGBT equality make her unfit to lead UNC

Former federal Education Sec. Margaret Spellings at Friday's UNC Board of Governors meeting.

Former federal Education Sec. Margaret Spellings at last Friday’s UNC Board of Governors meeting.

NC Policy Watch friend Jim Neal, a veteran North Carolina equality advocate and former U.S. Senate candidate, has authored a compelling op-ed critiquing the apparent choice to head the UNC system, Margaret Spellings. The essay, which appears in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer highlights the fact that Spelllings’ background as a conservative culture warrior who has, more than once, made it her public business to denigrate LGBT Americans makes her unfit to serve as head of a great university.

Here’s Neal:

“On the second day of her job as secretary of education in the George W. Bush administration in 2004, Margaret Spellings sent a letter to the CEO of PBS demanding that a children’s show that featured a lesbian couple be pulled from the air. Two weeks later, PBS’s CEO stepped down.

Spellings went to Washington as a former lobbyist-turned-political director to Bush during his first gubernatorial campaign in which he defeated incumbent Texas Gov. Ann Richards by using coded L-word, dogwhistle language as the linchpin in a campaign strategy devised by Karl Rove – who introduced Spellings to Bush….

As the leading candidate to succeed a man of unimpeachable integrity and grace, Spellings profiles as a career political operative, lobbyist, Rove protégée and cultural warrior, the antithesis of recent leaders both Democratic and Republican who have ably led the foremost statewide university system in the nation.”

Read the entire essay by clicking here.

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