I Have Been Wrongly Accused by George Clayton, SBOE Member

Jul 11, 2012 by

Donna Garner

by Donna Garner

Interestingly enough, I did not know that Texas State Board of Education member George Clayton was a homosexual until he outed himself publicly to the media. Here are excerpts from the 11.17.11 Texas Tribune article — http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/texas-board-education-races-could-get-ugly/

But perhaps more damaging to Clayton in a Republican primary are the rumors that prompted him to send an email to members of the media last week with the subject line “sexual orientation…confirmed in the email that he has “a male partner who lives with me in my home.”

…Clayton said in an email that when he realized his personal life might become an issue in the campaign, his first instinct was to “nip it in the bud.” That strategy has already cost him one supporter: Conservative blogger Donna Garner, who is a vocal follower of education issues, sent out an email Tuesday night retracting an endorsement of him.

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Once I learned that George Clayton had outed himself, this is what I sent to my e-mail list:

11.15.11

George M. Clayton, Member of the Texas State Board of Education, stated on Nov. 7, 2011, “… I wish to say that I, in fact, do have a male partner who lives with me in my home in Richardson, Texas… All of us can now move on with discussions concerning education instead of being overly occupied with my personal life.”

Unfortunately, just last night I had recommended to the voters in the Dallas/Collin County area that they should vote for George Clayton in the 2012 SBOE election. However, I cannot now endorse him.

My concern with George Clayton, SBOE member, is that he has publicly stated he has a “male partner” with whom he lives. Since he did not say that this gentleman is merely a roommate who shares the price of the home, the clear inference is that George Clayton has outed himself as a homosexual. (If this is incorrect, George Clayton needs to clarify his statement for the public record.)

If Clayton is indeed a homosexual, then we as voters must be concerned about re-electing him to the SBOE since the Board will soon begin the process of writing and adopting Health curriculum requirements for all Texas public school students.

As stated by the Centers for Disease Control:

From 2005-2008, an estimated total of 161,795 adults and adolescents were diagnosed with HIV infection in the 37 states and 5 U.S. dependent areas with confidential name-based HIV infection reporting since at least January 2005.

Most (74%) diagnoses of HIV infection in adults and adolescents were in males.

Among males diagnosed with HIV infection from 2005-2008, 70% were attributed to male-to-male sexual contact.

The percentage of diagnosed HIV infections attributed to male-to-male sexual contact was even larger (85%) among males aged 13 to 24 years.

 

During 2008, male-to-male sexual contact was the most frequently reported transmission category—accounting for 54% of all diagnoses of HIV infection that year.

 

(http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/resources/slides/msm/index.htm )

 

It is with deep regret that I cannot endorse George Clayton for re-election to the SBOE because I am unable to put my trust in him to include in the Health TEKS the facts that indicate how very dangerous homosexual activities can be to the health and well being of our Texas students.

 

The Health TEKS should address the dangers of risky behaviors; and certainly based upon the CDC’s medical data, it is clear that homosexual activities often lead to the spread of STD’s, painful health consequences, and many times even early death.

 

The public schools of our state should teach students to make healthy lifestyle choices, and we must elect SBOE members who will support that goal for our Texas students.

 

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

 

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7.11.12 — Here is today’s article by Tawnell Hobbs in the Dallas Morning News that discusses George Clayton’s new plans to conduct a write-in campaign for the SBOE seat and also contains the interchange between him and me:

 

http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2012/07/disd-educator-george-clayton-plans-write-in-campaign-for-sboe-seat-says-could-become-brutal.html/

 

 

DISD educator George Clayton plans write-in campaign for state ed board seat, says likely to “become brutal”

By Tawnell Hobbs
thobbs@dallasnews.com
11:14 am on July 11, 2012

 

Dallas ISD educator George Clayton, who holds the State Board of Education District 12 seat until Jan. 1, plans on being a write-in candidate for the post after failing to make the runoff in the Republican Primary in May.

Clayton made his plans known in a tersely worded email to retired teacher and conservative activist Donna Garner, who writes about SBOE issues on her blog. Garner had posted on the coming runoff between Gail Spurlock, who she supports, and Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, who lost the seat to Clayton in a surprise upset in 2010.

 

Whoever wins the republican primary will run against democrat and former Dallas ISD trustee Lois Parrott in the November general election.

 

Clayton, who acknowledged that he was gay during the primary campaign, contends that he “was trashed beyond belief” by his opponents and other “narrow minded CINOS, Christians In Name Only.”

 

Clayton said that he plans to release an official notice in a few days but said it was OK to post his and Garner’s exchange.

 

Here’s his email to Garner and her response:

 

From: George Clayton [mailto:gmcjhs@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 10:21 AM
To: WGARNER1@hot.rr.com
Subject: Re: GAIL SPURLOCK, NOT A FAKE CONSERVATIVE — SBOE, DISTRICT 12 RACE – BY DONNA GARNER — 7.10.12

 

 

Donna, you are as big a fake as Gail. Gail has no college degree. She is not teacher certified. She has never taught in the public schools. She is a hard right wing agenda driven bigot. Her zeal for her political/religious agenda is dangeous. She will NOT sit on the SBOE. However, neither will Tincy or Lois.

More to come.

George

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—–Original Message—–

From: Donna Garner <WGARNER1@hot.rr.com>
To: ‘George Clayton’ <gmcjhs@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, Jul 10, 2012 10:43 am
Subject: MY RESPONSE BACK TO GEORGE CLAYTON — 7.10.12

 

 

By the way, George, Gail is so brilliant that she makes you and me look rather unintelligent. I feel really ignorant around her because she is so quick and has accomplished so much in the business world because of her intelligence and work ethic.

 

 

Gail is exactly what we need on the SBOE – a successful business woman who has homeschooled her own children for some years, worked closely with their public school teachers, taught herself many vocational and life skills, knows more about the computer and technology world than “Bill Gates or Steve Jobs” and has a zeal to make sure that our public school students are educated in the basic skills first.

 

 

Gail stands solidly behind the new ELAR/Social Studies/Science/Math TEKS and will fight to keep the PSF in place.

 

 

She will also work hard to make sure the Health TEKS are built upon fact-based, medical data that will help students to live healthy lives; and she will be an advocate for Fine Arts TEKS that contain solid content.

 

 

Gail also believes in strong discipline in our schools and exhibits self-discipline and strong conservative social values in her own life.

 

 

Gail Spurlock will be wonderful on the SBOE, and I can hardly wait to see her elected and in place.

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

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From: George Clayton [mailto:gmcjhs@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 10:56 AM
To: WGARNER1@hot.rr.com
Subject: Re: MY RESPONSE BACK TO GEORGE CLAYTON — 7.10.12

 

 

Donna,

How quickly you dismiss my experience in education. Look Donna, I was trashed beyond belief in the primary campaign by Gail, Tincy and other narrow minded CINOS, Christians In Name Only.

 

 

You are one of them. You and Gail carry a Bible in one hand and a bag of stones in the other. If you have not figured it out yet, I will let you in. I plan to continue my campaign as a write in candidate in the November general election. It will be very high profile and, this time, with gloves off. So, you, Gail and that tax dodging Miller crowd just get prepared. Official press releases are prepared and ready to go out soon. In the meantime, a great deal of organizing with teachers and parents is underway. So you see, it is not over until it is over. I hope you don’t mind my frank talk. It is likely to become brutal.

 

Clayton

 

PS. Publish my remarks to your band of readers if you want. They are not part of my voter target.

 

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