Jun 25, 2014 8:50 PM by Sean Mooney

Huppenthal feels the heat for blog comments

TUCSON - Responding to criticism over making anonymous blog posts, Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal, held an emotional news conference in Phoenix on Wednesday.

The state's top educator used three different handles to hide behind his controversial blog posts but Wednesday he stepped forward to try and explain his words that have offended so many.

Huppenthal used the profile names Falcon9, Thucydides and Socrates1289 to make his controversial comments on several political blogs. At the news conference, Huppenthal apologized repeatedly and said he renounced the posts.

His remorse did little to deflect aggressive questioning from the media. When asked if he was going to resign Huppenthal responded by saying, "The way I was brought up is when you say something was hurtful you apologize for it you understand why it was hurtful and you move forward in service."

When asked directly, Huppenthal said he was not going to resign and would pursue the election process. Huppenthal is in the final stretch of his term with the state superintendent's office up for grabs in November.

After a lengthy grilling, Huppenthal finally broke down when speaking about his longtime assistant and what she has had to endure.

But in a press conference that followed, featuring former state superintendents and community leaders, Huppenthal received no sympathy for his actions. Michael Kelly, a board member for the Arizona Community Foundation, said it's is time for Huppenthal to step down, "We must hold John Huppenthal accountable for his thoughts and his words, he must resign."

On Wednesday afternoon the Pima County Democratic Party Latino Caucus, echoed that call, sending out a press release demanding the immediate resignation of John Huppenthal.


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