Tim Wooldridge

  • Tim Wooldridge

Tim Wooldridge, the former legislator and congressional candidate, hasn’t returned my call. Nor have I been able to reach David Rankin, chair of the executive committee of the Arkansas Association of Public Universities.

But two good sources say Wooldridge has been sacked as the $150,000 lobbyist for the group of public universities. The group will be evaluating whether it needs a full-time lobbyist, office and staff in the future, for one thing. Wooldridge’s record is short of achievements.

But Wooldridge earned few friends in the higher education community with remarks during his unsuccessful race for 1st District Congress, particularly a video interview he gave to the Family Council in which he said he opposed legal protection in the workplace for homosexuals. He said if people “chose” to be gay, they should not be legally protected from discrimination. Many of the colleges that pay Wooldridge’s salary have written anti-discrimination policies on sexual orientation.

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UPDATE: Rankin still won’t return my calls, but I have received a release from him through an aide at Southern Arkansas University that confirms Wooldridge is gone from the AAPU.