Geraldine Miller is the current chair of the Texas State Board of Education. Did you know that we actually elect our SBOE members? We do. And Miller is running for District 12 opposed only by a Libertarian “place-holder” candidate. So I guess it really doesn’t matter that Miller and her husband were involved in the TRMPAC as it’s fourth largest donner. TRMPAC? You know, the fund raising activity that caused Tom Delay to resign.
Vance Miller, whose father founded a Dallas real estate empire, is one of the donors who jotted Craddick’s name on checks that they wrote to TRMPAC. In explaining this faux pas to the media, Miller said that, before he wrote his $10,000 check, TRMPAC Treasuer Bill Ceverha “led me to believe Tom Craddick was involved to elect more Republicans to the House.” Spouse Geraldine “Tincy” Miller chairs the Texas State Board of Education. Fellow social conservative Linda Bauer’s 2002 election to that board got a $13,000 boost from a Miller-affiliated PAC. The Austin-American Statesman reported that the PAC’s only donors were the Millers and Russell Stein–an investment advisor involved in one of the State Board of Education’s pay-to-play scandals.
Then there’s her politics. While any election is obviously about politics, some politics cross into the grey area of promoting an ideology more appropriate for personal values than a guiding force for government, especially education. The Texas Freedom Network has quite a few quotes from Miller as part of her testimony as a board member. One example follows:
Slavery and Civil Rights: History books were targeted for what critics called an “overkill of emphasis on cruelty to slaves,” asserting that coverage of slavery, civil rights struggles or discrimination was unpatriotic and anti-Christian. (1996 & 2002 testimony filed at TEA)
It’s worth looking at some of her other statements. And whenever you’re likely to agree because we are a “Christian” nation, re-read the statement inserting another religion. It could be Catholic, Mormon, or Scientology. Even better, try Lutheran, Presbyterian, or Episcopalian. Because not every Christian would agree with her interpretation of Christian beliefs.
I have to go and put my two cents worth into our annual home owners association. More later.