Julie Hershey, the newest member of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, claims she never signed the anti-public school pledge that says:
"I proclaim publicly that I favor ending government involvement in education."
According to an article in Friday's Spartanburg Herald-Journal, the Sanford appointee didn't like being asked about whether she signed the pledge:
She said she did not favor ending public education, then said she wouldn't answer any more "negative" questions before hanging up the phone.The article says Hershey contacted the Alliance for Separation of School and State to have her name removed from the website.
So how did such a "mistake" happen? How does someone who does not favor ending government involvement in education end up as a signatory of a pledge against government involvement in education?
Mark Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer has an idea:
Sawyer said someone could easily e-mail the alliance and tell it to put [a] name on the list as a signer of the proclamation.There's only one little problem with Joel's admittedly creative account of how Hershey's name ended up as a signatory of the pledge. Her name has been there since 2004, according to an archived version of the website.
"Some people will do anything to try to make political hay," Sawyer said.
Did someone, possibly aware that Hershey would be nominated to the Education Oversight Committee by Mark Sanford four years later, nefariously sign the anti-public school pledge on behalf of Ms. Hershey? Or have "political haymakers" perfected time travel? Is there another Julie Hershey from Greer who doesn't like public schools?
UPDATE: Ms. Hershey's name is no longer listed as a signer of the proclamation. A cached version of the site from earlier this month and archived versions of the site still list Hershey as a signatory.