Deep in the heart of Texas.... controversy about a student body election.
Here is the breakdown of facts.
Texas A&M student Robert McIntosh won the election by more than 750 votes, but he was disqualified by the school's election commission over accusations that he neglected to include a donation of glow sticks in his campaign finance report.
The mishap handed the victory to junior Bobby Brooks, who became the school's first openly gay student body president.
According to his lawyers, McIntosh has filed a petition to investigate the reasons for his disqualification.
Here is why this is national news.
Rick Perry, our country's Energy Secretary, former Texas governor, and Texas A&M alum, took time off from trying to dismantle the EPA and recently wrote a detailed column criticizing the student election.
In his column, Perry said he was initially proud to see an openly gay man elected but later concluded the election was "stolen."
"Brooks' presidency is being treated as a victory for 'diversity.' It is difficult to escape the perception that this quest for 'diversity' is the real reason the election outcome was overturned," Perry wrote, going on to ask if the outcome would have been the same had McIntosh "been a minority student instead of a white male."
Why would a US Cabinet member care so much about a student election? Some point to McIntosh's father, Republican fundraiser Alison McIntosh while others just see this as yet another circus of distraction in an already controversal presidental term.
For his part, Brooks was suprised by the attention, "There’s very consistently election-related drama at all universities around this nation," Brooks said. "I’m just very curious as to why Secretary Perry would decide to weigh in for the first time on an election that involved the first openly gay [student body president]."
Brooks has also responded with an open invitation to Perry for a sit down to discuss higher education since he apparently has so much extra time on his hands.
Alsomst 3400 people have signed a letter of support asking perry to meet with Brooks through a petition on GLAAD's website.
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