Mark Johnson is the subject of ethics probe over campaign texts


When your moral compass hasn't worked for years:

Multiple complaints were filed earlier this month after Johnson sent hundreds of thousands of emails and text messages to public school families and employees trumpeting his opposition to Common Core.

The timing of the campaign raised eyebrows since Johnson had been almost silent on Common Core throughout his tenure as superintendent, choosing to launch his vocal opposition just as voting began in the primary for Lieutenant Governor–an office he is seeking.

I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for the Ethics Commission to actually do anything substantial over this. Made that mistake in the past, won't do it again. But if anybody has any doubt about the connection between this text barrage and Johnson's campaign, he made that clear a few weeks ago:

At last week’s State Board of Education meeting, Johnson announced he’s calling for a review of Common Core and would survey parents and teachers about the math and language arts standards. He also brought up his election campaign during the announcement.

“This time next year, if all goes according to plan for me as my plan has it, I’d like to be sitting here as lieutenant governor and actually have a vote on this board and vote for the new standards as well,” Johnson said at the board meeting. In North Carolina, the lieutenant governor is a voting member of the State Board of Education.

As I've mentioned before, he's not the shiniest spoon in the drawer...