There is an interesting contrast in two blog commentaries on the recent story of Vince Chowdhury, the Jefferson County Board of Education member and Democrat state house candidate who allegedly choked his daughter in a recent incident reported by The Columbine Courier. He denied the choking, but admitted to losing his temper and slapping her. In any case, Chowdhury was arrested for domestic violence.
Denise at Colorado Charter Schools makes the adamant point that Vince Chowdhury should resign from the school board:
Elected officials responsible for making decisions on behalf of children must adhere to high moral standards. They act on behalf of tens of thousands of children every day. Our children are too precious to have someone with Chowdhury’s character representing them.
Denise had nothing to say about whether Vince Chowdhury should stay in the state house race, which makes sense. The issue is the prerogative of Democratic party officials, and by extension their new media arms.
Speaking of which, ColoradoPols echoes the plea of state Democratic party officials that Vince Chowdhury should step down from his legislative campaign (there’s another Democrat candidate to step in and take his place), but are silent on whether he should quit the school board. The question of his elected position on the school board, though (unlike his status as a candidate) represents a broader public trust. The Jefferson County citizens whom Chowdhury represents have the obligation to speak – especially those with two major platforms like Democrat county commissioner candidate and ColoradoPols proprietor Jason Bane.
I have yet to see any reports confirming that Vince Chowdhury will either step down from the school board or drop out of the state house race. But I agree with Denise and ColoradoPols’ combined assessment: He should withdraw on both fronts. It would be nice to hear Jason Bane say the same.
Just found the different emphasis of the two blogs quite interesting.