Monday, April 06, 2015
C. J. Huff: Did I mention that I'm a husband first?
The answer to that question was in full view for anyone who was watching Fox 14's News a few moments ago. It came complete with everything we have come to expect from C. J. Huff except the free-flowing fountain of tears.
As the controversy over C. J. Huff's blatant attempts over the weekend to keep Jennifer Martucci from being elected to a one-year seat on the R-8 Board of Education continues to grow, Huff leveled accusations that Martucci and her husband have been harassing him and his family.
In a Facebook post Saturday night, Huff used a private e-mail that had been sent to him two years earlier during the redistricting battle to label Martucci as a snob who does not care about all children.
When that attack backfired, Huff played the family card and he continued to play it during the Fox 14 interview.
"Number one, I'm a dad first and a husband first. My family has been picked on and harassed for the past two years by the Martucci camp. My wife and kids should be able to play out in the front yard without being harassed. They should be able to drive down the street without being picked on."
Moments later, he was a husband first again. "I'm a husband first and that has to stop."
What was never publicized last year (but probably should have been) is that Huff accused another of his critics, former Irving Elementary Principal Debbie Fort, of harassing his wife and family, though there were no accusations that Dr. Fort, who was successfully elected to the board despite Huff's attempts to derail her candidacy, had tried to keep Huff's wife and children from being able to play in their yard.
If you will remember two years ago, Huff was facing a lot of heat for suspending me and scheduling a hearing to fire me. During that hearing, Huff felt obliged to bring his teenage daughter into his testimony, saying that he would never want her to have a teacher like me. The tears were flowing down his cheeks on that occasion.
One year earlier, Huff sent me an e-mail in which he politely asked me to stop writing about his speaking engagements because he had been "receiving threats" and he was worried about his family.
As far as I can tell, the Joplin Police Department was never told about these threats.
Thankfully, Mrs. Huff and the kids were able to continue playing in their yard.