Wasilla Candidate “Can’t Handle the Truth.”
Remember they guy from the other day who’s running for State House in Wasilla? The guy who said, “We are spending millions and millions of dollars educating children that have a hard time making their wheelchair move and, I’m sorry, but you’ve got to say, ‘no’ somewhere. We need to educate our children, but there are certain individuals that are just not going to benefit from an education.” Remember that guy?
Well, apparently House Republican candidate Mark Ewing didn’t like the fact that nobody cared for what he said after they read about it in The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, and other places. And he wished he had said something else, instead of what he did say. As a guest on right-wing talk radio’s Dave Stieren Show, the host (who also moderated the recent Anchorage Tea Party Candidates Forum) tried to give Ewing an out at The Frontiersman‘s expense:
Stieren: “Was that your first response to the education question or did the Frontiersman delete your initial response?”
Ewing: “Actually, you know, that was a response that isn’t politically correct. But I’m going to use a quote from Jack Nicholson and that is, ‘most people can’t handle the truth.’”
The Frontiersman didn’t much like that insinuation, nor comments left by Ewing on his Facebook page. And so they wrote an editorial, and took Mr. Ewing to task.
No matter what state House hopeful Mark Ewing would have you believe, he did in fact — in a public setting — say that the state should consider moves to stop providing education to “children that have a hard time making their wheelchair move.”
We have the digital audio file of the debate. We got it from the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce. [snip]
Ewing, in comments he made Friday on talk radio, would have you believe that what he said was that the children “can’t even figure out how to make their wheelchair work.”
Truth is, he did not say that. The audio of the debate proves our reporting was correct and Ewing is now backpedaling, trying to rewrite the record.
How his revision makes the quote any better we will leave to Ewing to explain.
The editorial included the audio clip of Ewing’s statement, which was exactly how they reported it. It also went on to say:
Seemingly, it would have been better for Ewing — when confronted with his publicly stated views on special education funding — to simply admit to what he said. That would have cleared the way for him to explain in more detail, or backtrack. It’s not a crime to simply tell voters, “You know what? That was a boneheaded thing to say, and I’m sorry.”
The entire smack down, entitled Can You Handle the Truth? is quite delightfully done, and worth a read.
But the story doesn’t end there. Mr. Ewing, who has received commentary from voters, parents of special needs children, and other appalled people, responded to The Frontiersman‘s editorial in the comments section. This is his response in its entirety. Unless he misquoted himself.
“You are 100% correct after calling the radio talk show and posting on Facebook the next day I then checked the Wasilla Chamber web site and realized the words in the paper were mine, and I should have made that point clear and apologized to the Frontiersman, Mr Welner and also to the public. It was a poor decision on my part to not remember what I said used to describe children with special needs. I know now that what I meant to say and what I said were completely different and after reading comments from a broad parental base that all children can learn regardless of their handicap I am not against teaching special needs children and clearly not trying to hurt any students or parents that have a child in that situation.
This election is not worth my creditably or using a bone headed remarks that may hurt others.
I am sorry and thank you for pointing this out. I do feel we should have special needs schools for those that are severely handicap with programs more directed to their necessities. If this cost me the election then so be it, I felt there were many other issues I could have pointed at regarding the budget during this question.
We spend millions and millions of dollars educating children about proper spelling and grammar that have a hard time even making the spell check work.