One man guiding the conversation about cheerleaders taking a knee during the national anthem 


Who is Rep. Earl Ehrhart and why did he get involved in when Kennesaw State University cheerleaders took a knee during the national anthem?

He called KSU President Sam Olens to vent his ire when he heard about the event.

Some call Ehrhart the 20th member of the Board of Regents. 

He regularly uses his political power to influence policies he doesn’t like at Georgia’s colleges and universities, whether they be public or private. Kennesaw State, Georgia Tech, Georgia Gwinnett and Emory have all felt his wrath. 

He is a veteran state House member whose committee helps decide how much is budgeted for higher education in Georgia. 

Ehrhart, a Powder Springs Republican, is seen as a bully by some, a taxpayer champion by others. What he is not is ambiguous. From campus rape to freedom of speech to the arts, Ehrhart’s makes his opinion known and uses his position to influence how colleges punish students, protect victims of rape and spend their money. And he’s very blunt about it. 

“I’m the funding source,” he said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution had a long conversation with Ehrhart earlier this year.

You can read the whole story here.


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