Arizona chamber drops Huppenthal from award

2014-06-22T18:00:00Z 2014-08-05T13:05:52Z Arizona chamber drops Huppenthal from awardThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 22, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry has decided not to give an award to state Superintendent John Huppenthal over comments he made on political blogs.

The Arizona Republic reports that the superintendent of public instruction was slated to receive special recognition at a luncheon Friday.

Huppenthal was being honored for his support of the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.

Chamber president and CEO Glenn Hamer says the organization is canceling the award in light of Huppenthal's admission that he anonymously wrote several blog posts, where he compared welfare recipients to "lazy pigs."

Hamer says those comments should not have been posted under any circumstances.

Huppenthal confirmed the posts, which date back to 2011, were his on Wednesday.

He is running for re-election in November.

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