Fact Check: Lucy Flores did not come out against education initiative


It’s almost comical this morning to read about local political reporter Jon Ralston ranting against me and the Review-Journal for accurately pointing out that lieutenant governor candidate Lucy Flores did NOT come out against the education initiative that is on the ballot this fall.

Ralston had this to say this morning: “The Review-Journal, in its news pages and from its defrocked, disgraced publisher (refuse to link), seems unwilling to believe Lucy Flores is against the margin tax. She is, NSEA has attacked her for it and she can’t back away from it. She can’t waffle. Note that when I asked her later about opposing it, she did not contradict me. She’s against it. Period. And if she tries to equivocate now, as Warren Wolf used to say, let’s go to the videotape.”

That’s just juvenile nonsense from a guy who can’t stand competitive analysis — especially when that analysis debunks his assertions.

The truth is that Lucy Flores did not come out against the education initiative on the “Ralston Reports.”

She gave Ralston a coached campaign answer of “It is not the solution I favor.” And each time he asked, she gave him the same zombie answer: “It … is … not … the … solution … I … favor.” Ralston contends that because he said she’s against it and she did not contradict him that it is the same as saying she’s against it. It is not.

I pointed this out in Sunday’s column. The R-J political column (independently, I might add) did too.

Ralston overreached, as he often does. He got caught. And now he’s back to his name-calling. Fine. That’s who he is.