Conservative Patriots back Huff in Pinellas School Board race
Pinellas School Board candidate Fonda Huff didn't get the nod from the teachers union. But she's getting an enthusiastic thumbs up from Patriots' Ink, a conservative group based in Pinellas that's big on limited government.
The group has endorsed Huff, a math/science coach, and some of its members are helping with her campaign. According to this endorsement letter, Patriots' Ink agrees with Huff on several key issues, including support for more fundamental schools and "civil penalties assessed against parents of habitually truant children."
The group's executive director, Steven D. Lange, told the Gradebook that Patriots' Ink is not tied to the tea party movement, but conceded that some members may strongly identify with tea party folks.
He described the group's members generally as "across-the-board conservatives" and "strong constitutionalists." (You can read more about the group's beliefs here.)
Patriots' Ink has not endorsed any other Pinellas School Board candidates, but it did meet with Huff's opponent, Terry Krassner, Lange said. Among the candidates it has endorsed in other races: Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, Eddie Adams Jr. for U.S. Congress, Marg Baker for state House District 48 and Carl Folkman for Pinellas County Commission.