Tata said he'll chart his own course and be “my own man,” not a puppet of the Republican school board majority. With Board Chair Ron Margiotta listening intently, Tata added: “Anybody who thinks I’m in their pocket has another think coming.”
This is not the kind of thing I'd expect to hear from the guy I just hired, which means that the whole "puppet" posturing is nothing but an orchestrated public relations charade. Yet there may a kernel of truth in the general's comments. He can't be a puppet of the Republican school board majority, because those Republicans themselves are already puppets of Art Pope. Is it possible to be a puppet-once-removed?
None of this changes the fact that if Tata wants to keep his job, he's not going to do anything that Art Pope doesn't support. Shadow puppetry indeed.
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