As the newly appointed U.S Energy Secretary for the Trump administration, Rick Perry, has managed to find time for a somewhat petty political dispute. In an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle, Perry disputed the win of his Alma Mater first openly gay president.
By implying he stole the election.
It is difficult to escape the perception that this quest for ‘diversity’ is the real reason the election outcome was overturned. Does the principle of ‘diversity’ override and supersede all other values of our Aggie Honor Code?”
A la Trump, Perry did not know when to stop when he was ahead.
Would the administration and the student body have allowed the first gay student body president to be voided for using charity glow sticks? Would the student body have allowed a black student body president to be disqualified on anonymous charges of voter intimidation? We all know that the administration, the SGA and student body would not have permitted such a thing to happen. The outcome would have been different if the victim was different.”
Bobby Brooks was declared the winner of the election for student body president after Robert McIntosh was disqualified for failing to disclose campaign expenses, including a receipt for glow sticks used during a campaign video. (School records of incidents available here.)
It should also be noted that a charge of voter intimidation was dismissed based on lack of evidence.
The total tally for the votes showed Robert McIntosh received 750 more votes than Brocks. Robert McIntosh won the popular vote but lost the election. Sound familiar?
Texas A&M’s senior vice president of marketing and communication, Amy Smith, in an interview with the Texas Tribune, stated what we are all thinking:
‘Honestly, we were just surprised to see that the secretary of energy would take the time to weigh in in detail and we respectfully disagree with his assessment of what happened,’ and further pointed out Perry’s flawed ‘understanding of the election rules of student body president elections doesn’t reflect the facts.’
Amy Smith, the school’s senior vice president of marketing and communications, failed to reveal that Robert McIntosh is the son of Republican fundraiser Alison McIntosh, who campaigned for President Donald Trump. But she did address Rick Perry’s op-ed piece directly by stating:
The disqualification of the leading vote-getter resulted in the certification of Bobby Brooks as the next Student Body President effective April 21, 2017. To suggest that the same decision of disqualification would not have been made if the roles were reversed is to deny the Texas A&M of today where accountability applies to all, attriubted Bobby Brooks, in this role, represents all students of all backgrounds. I know that he takes this responsibility seriously and we look forward to working with him. We are also grateful to the other students who ran for the office and who will undoubtedly continue to be leaders on the campus.”
This isn’t the first time Perry has had issues with the gay community as he has a list of homophobic quotes attributed to him. One of his most infamous is a statement he felt compelled to clarify during a Christian radio interview.
I probably needed to add a few words after that, ‘It’s fine with me,’ and that it’s fine with me that a state is using their sovereign rights to decide an issue. Obviously, gay marriage is not fine with me. My stance hasn’t changed. Gay marriage is not fine with me.”
Perry wrote 851 words in total to comment on an election that does not have anything to do with him or his ability to run his department. He runs the Energy Department of the United States. Trump’s work ethic is obviously being imitated by his officials.
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