Likely 2016 presidential contender Mike Huckabee says the pro-Common Core PAC Alliance for Better Classrooms has used his name without permission to promote its “Unicorns Are Not Real” campaign. That effort ridicules parents and lawmakers who oppose Common Core by distributing stuffed unicorns with a card attached that reads, “Unicorns are not real and neither are most of the things you’ve heard about Common Core.”
J. Hogan Gidley of the Huckabee campaign sent the following statement to Breitbart News from the former Arkansas governor:
A pro-Common Core group is using my name without permission and attributing ideas to me that are wholly untrue. I have stated many times over that I oppose Common Core and anyone who says otherwise is either misinformed or not telling the truth. I believe education is a family function, not a federal function – period.
Nothing is more emblematic of Washington arrogance and reckless central planning than Common Core. The federal government has stuck its obtrusive nose into local education and hijacked the system. We must kill Common Core and restore common sense.
Breitbart News reported Monday on the unicorn campaign. Since the report, Louisiana state Sen. Conrad Appel and state Rep. Steve Carter had their names removed from the list of supporters of the campaign. At the time of publication, Huckabee’s name was still listed as a supporter of the unicorn effort.
Breitbart News contacted the law offices of James Donohue and Kirk Patrick, listed as registered agents of Alliance for Better Classrooms, but received no return calls, though an office assistance said they were the agents of the PAC.