January 26, 2018 – State Senator Linda Lopez is calling for Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski to resign over a comment he made last month praising Manifest Destiny. Many say the remark showed a lack of understanding about the history of westward expansion and the role of education in dispossessing native populations. A PED spokesperson said that Mr. Ruszkowski reached out to tribal officials to apologize and that he won’t resign. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the controversy this week.
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Stephanie Maez, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico
Sophie Martin, attorney