You’ve already heard what I have to say, Save Jerseyans, but this statement from Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) reacting to the Rutgers Faculty’s Condi Rice protest is worth reading (and sharing) in its entirety:
“Condoleezza Rice is a trailblazer and a woman of extraordinary intelligence and diverse talents who has spent most of her career in academia. She was the first woman and first African-American to serve as provost of Stanford University and has served as a Stanford professor for more than three decades. That alone makes her beyond qualified to deliver the commencement speech at Rutgers or at any university.”
“Dr. Rice is also the second woman and first African-American woman to be appointed national security advisor as well as the first African-American woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State. An accomplished author and pianist, she is highly respected around the world, and Rutgers is fortunate that she accepted its invitation to address its graduates.
“The faculty’s objection to her selection, however, is appalling and an embarrassment to our state. This is nothing more than a political firestorm fueled by their hatred of an opposing ideology, and President George W. Bush in particular. Dr. Rice and the people of New Jersey deserve better. I commend and fully support the Rutgers Board of Governors’ unanimous approval of Dr. Rice as its next commencement speaker.”