Friday, January 28, 2011

Brumbaugh Says Gilpin Repeat Offender

Rep. David
Rep. David Brumbaugh (R – Broken Arrow) said today he would support a review by House Speaker Kris Steele into the actions of several State Board of Education members during their January 27 meeting with State Superintendent Janet Barresi to determine if legislative action is needed.

And, he added, the behavior of Board member Tim Gilpin of Tulsa is not unusual for him, citing an earlier event in which he said Gilpin disrupted a meeting. 

“The lack of civility and inappropriate comments by several of the State Board of Education members does not represent what the public should expect of our officials,” Brumbaugh said.

Brumbaugh spoke with Superintendent Baressi briefly this morning and offered his support and encouragement.

Brumbaugh noted that he was in the audience at an event in 2010 sponsored by the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce to discuss State Question 744 where Gilpin was speaking. He noted that debate was stopped by the moderator before its conclusion because Gilpin engaged in a similar type of inappropriate conduct and comment as seen at the State Board of Education meeting.

“This type of behavior has no place in the public discourse,” Brumbaugh said. “As George Washington noted, ‘Every action done in company ought to be done with some sign of respect to those that are present.’ This minimal courtesy was not shown to our State Superintendent and her staff, and several of the Board of Education member’s comments were reprehensible.”

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