“We understand and respect Glenda Ritz’s decision to seek re-election as Superintendent of Public Instruction. With her leadership at the Statehouse, Hoosier families can have the confidence that she and other Statehouse Democrats will work to solve the problems facing our state. Whether it is protecting public education, reducing child poverty, or fighting to keep education more accessible and affordable in our state – particularly by working to expand Pre-K education – Hoosier Democrats will lead the charge to send Indiana in a new direction for the future. We enthusiastically support Superintendent Ritz in her re-election efforts.”Ritz has been the target of both Republicans and Democrats since her election. Both parties have been taken over by a cabal of education profiteers who are using education reform as a ruse to implement various schemes to divert public education dollars into the pockets of charter school operators and other for-profit and non-profit education entities run by political insiders who are totally politicizing education for the purpose of profiteering. The quality of public education continues to deteriorate despite all of their reform schemes and increased public expenditures, but the changes have proven successful in fueling campaign contributions to the politicians who buy into these faux reform efforts.
Ritz' departure may not be good news for John Gregg. It appears that the Bayh faction of the Democratic Party is teaming up with a few wealthy power brokers like the Simons to launch a gubernatorial campaign bid by a former Bayh staffer, Tom Sugar, who is currently employed by Complete College America ("CCA"), which as far as I can ascertain is a bogus nonprofit established to provide Democratic Party hacks with high-paid six figure jobs.
Former state lawmaker, Bayh staffer and former higher education commission Stan Jones is paid about $350,000 a year to serve as president of the nonprofit. Sugar is pulling down about $250,000 for a make-work senior VP position. Blake Johnson, a former communications director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson and Democratic candidate for the City-County Council seat now held by
Sugar's work as a Bayh staffer and this nonprofit hardly qualifies him to be governor of Indiana. If I were Mike Pence, I wouldn't be too concerned about a Sugar candidacy. It's got to really stick in John Gregg's craw though that these slimy Bayh folks would go behind his back to undermine his best laid plans for a re-match against Pence. Senate Minority Leader Karen Talian is also seeking the Democratic nomination, but her campaign has so far failed to catch fire among Democratic Party activists.