Pauken pushes grassroots governor campaign
May 29, 2013, 7:00 am by James Walker
Tom Pauken, a businessman, long-time figure in the Republican Party and – so far – the only announced candidate for Governor of Texas in next year’s elections, took his grassroots campaign to the Hill Country Tuesday, meeting with a diverse group of conservatives in Marble Falls and appearing at a Tea Party rally on the Llano Courthouse square.
"The reality is we have too many leaders in Austin who are out for themselves and protecting their individual interests and the state government has been on auto pilot the past few years,” Pauken told a gathering of area GOP leaders at the Marble Falls luncheon event, at Russo’s restaurant. "If we don’t do something different we are going to wake up to an unpleasant surprise.”
For example, he noted that "studying for tests rather than for learning” expanded and the controversial CSCOPE lesson program was established during the watch of Governor Rick Perry and State Attorney General Greg Abbott. CSCOPE’s architects announced recently that they would withdraw it before the next school year begins after it fell under intense attack by critics who believe it pushed a liberal social agenda in the classroom.
Pauken observed that such educational initiatives run
counter to his philosophy that education should be locally directed with little
interference from the state or federal governments.
For the full story see Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin or Friday's Highlander.
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