Harkey Has A Familiar Opponent
Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on February 22, 2012
Every once in a while you see a name pop up in the filing log that is a familiar one despite the fact that you can’t quite put your finger on it. In the case of the race for 73rd Assembly District the name James Corbett popped up as the only potential opponent for Assemblywoman Harkey, and I just knew that I had heard the name before.
It turns put after running a bit of googling that unless we have a unique coincidence on our hands, this is the same James Corbett that was a teacher at Capo Valley High School. The reason why I remembered the name is because he was the teacher that was sued by former student Chad Farnan for what was called “Disparaging Christianity.” I was not in the class so I find it unfair to comment specifically on what was said but according to the Orange County Register Corbett referred to creationism as “religious, superstitious nonsense.”
The initial ruling in the case after a 16 month grueling legal battle was that Corbett had violated the first amendment by disparaging students. I truly question why Corbett chose to single out Christianity versus the number of other religions that exist.
If you look at the district and the way it is drawn this is a conservative crowd that is being represented. Diane Harkey has represented them well over the past 4 years and Corbett is just not the right representative for the 73rd District.