I worked at a camp for gifted and talented students at Western Kentucky University over the past summer. Fletcher impressed me because he agreed to speak to the camp about the future of gifted/talented education while Chandler declined the invitation. During Fletcher's speech he addressed all of the hot topics that would impress the educational gurus in the room but failed to back up the issues with any answers. He swung so hard that some people were blinded with the sheer force, but it's still strike one.
Fletcher initiated a slander-based campaign. I think we all remember the TV ads. Strike two.
My faith was restored when I read in the newspaper that he promised to increase the reading level of children and raise the salaries of teachers. This is when I went to his Web site. "We must get more resources to the classroom so our children can have the instructional material that they need and our teachers can earn the living they deserve. Raising teacher's salaries to the regional average will be a priority under a Fletcher/Pence administration."