Earlier today, Governor Matt Blunt issued a statement concerning Sen. Jeff Smith's decision to block Blunt's nomination of voucher supporter Donayle Whitmore-Smith to the State Board of Education:
"Donayle Whitmore-Smith cares deeply about Missouri school children. She
shares my belief that every Missouri school child deserves a world class education. I am deeply disappointed that one of the Senator-elect's first actions is obstructing the appointment of a well-qualified African-American woman who would have done a magnificent job on the State's School Board.
Donayle Whitmore-Smith was one of two African-American leaders I appointed to the State Board of Education. I am pleased that Reverend Stanley Archie of Kansas City will at least be given the courtesy of a hearing even though the same courtesy was not extended to Donayle."
Leave it to the governor to play the race card. And he is obviously attempting to continue to play it in an effort to keep his nomination of Rev. Stan Archie of Kansas City, another voucher supporter who is also African-American, to the State Board. It will be interesting to see who the governor's next nomination will be for the spot he wanted for Ms. Whitmore-Smith.