Xanthi Gionis Scandal: GOP should be bold in its repudiation of fools
Xanthi Gionis, a Republican candidate in the March special election to fill the open 40th State Senate District seat, is embroiled in some controversy of late, as you may have seen…
- U-T San Diego: Public Health School Called a Fraud
- Patch: State Senate Candidate Ran University Without State License, BBB Says
- NBC San Diego (which first reported on the story): Aristotle University Dean Denies Allegations
In a nutshell, the articles note allegations of Aristotle University being a worthless diploma mill, if even that, while taking thousands of dollars from hapless students.
Some moments of brilliance, courtesy of the U-T article:
In an interview with U-T San Diego Thursday, Gionis was unable to provide a list of faculty members. She also could not provide the names of individuals she said serve as the school’s board of directors.
“There are plenty,” Gionis said after conducting a news conference in downtown San Diego to refute allegations from students in a report broadcast by NBC Channel 7 this week.
It should be pointed out that Gionis called the press conference, then couldn’t answer simple questions about the school’s operations. It wasn’t as if someone asked her for a list of faculty and directors while she was at the grocery store and couldn’t come up with names on the spur of the moment.
First, let’s be brutally honest. The “open Juan Vargas seat” will not be won by a Republican in the heavy Democratic district. Of the four candidates, two of them GOPers, it’s so likely Assemblyman Ben Hueso will win, it’s almost not even worth mentioning other names.
Second, but also honest: Innocent until found to be guilty, yep, sure, absolutely. But, we know deceit and fraud when it’s blatantly obvious.
Ms. Gionis, also a candidate for Congress last year, wants to be the Republican standard bearer for State Senate. She’s also an embarrassment.
The local Republican Party has not endorsed a candidate for the seat and possibly won’t at all. Yet, other than simply staying clear of the race, the Party needs to make a clear statement it will not stand for it’s candidates to be total buffoons or worse, while doing everything in it’s power to check the backgrounds of candidates when feasible, even so far as to “out” shady personalities when necessary, before the media have a field day.
It may not have been possible in this case, given the timing, that is understood.
But, in the wake of this matter, a bold statement from the GOP about the future would be very meaningful.