gurus Bob Staton and Will Folks
Analysts blame ‘Will Folks joke’ for non-endorsement
B & P News - Columbia
Republican Bob Staton was dealt a crushing blow this week in his campaign to become the state’s next Superintendent of Education when he failed to earn the endorsement of former Sanford spokesman and highly esteemed education/business expert Will Folks.
“I can’t endorse Bob Staton because I don’t feel he represents the Republican Party like I do,” wrote Folks in an op-ed titled 'SanFloyd for GovernaCation,' which was rejected by the State Newspaper, the Free Times, the Carolina Trader, and several computer printers. “What do business and education leaders like Bob Staton know that I don’t, as a former spokesman for prolly one of the awesomest governors ever?”
Most experts agree that the non-endorsement from Folks is a setback that could possibly take the Republican candidate moments to overcome.
“Staton will need to somehow bounce back after losing what is known in political circles as the ‘Folks Nod’,” said Francis Marion political science professor Ginger L. Blenheim. “Usually the Folks endorsement is a reliable indicator of who will get Will Folks’ vote, and unfortunately for Republican Bob Staton, it looks like this crucial demographic will go to another candidate.”
Some insiders speculate that Folks’ refusal to endorse Staton has less to do with ideology than the Education Oversight Committee chairman’s recent attempt to insert a “Will Folks Joke” into the high school science curriculum. Staton says that claim is exaggerated.
“I simply wanted our high school students to be able to critically analyze the difference between Will Folks and a neutron,” said Staton in an interview with B & P News. “The difference being, of course, that there’s no charge associated with a neutron.”
Tuesday, February 14, 2006