Since Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) came out strongly in favor of the Common Core State Standards, the longtime conservative has seen more backlash from his own party members than maybe any other time in his tenure.
The Common Core State Standards were adopted by the state in 2010, encompassing English language arts (ELA) and math. Full implementation of the standards did not come until this past school year, bypassing a transitional year that was originally planned.
Parents and activists who oppose Common Core have already set up a website called ReconsiderVitter.com which essentially is a petition site, asking that Vitter reverse his support of the state standards initiative.
But, to go even further, conservatives who oppose Common Core may be looking to oust Vitter’s chances at the governorship by propping up another candidate, one who strongly opposes Common Core.
Louisiana State Legislator Brett Geymann (R-LA) told Breitbart News that if Vitter does not change his stance on the education issue, conservatives and the fringe of the Republican Party will look elsewhere for a Gubernational candidate.
“Most conservatives feel betrayed by the change in position on Common Core by Mr. Vitter. While we still hope he will rethink his new position and reverse it in a genuine way, conservative activists will search for another candidate in the next Gubernatorial election if he fails to do so.”
So far, Common Core opponents have no friends in the Gubernational Louisiana race. Vitter, Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Rep. John Bel Edwards (D-LA) all support the Common Core State Standards.