Rick Perry Decries Election of Gay Texas A&M Student Body President

  • Rick Perry Decries Election of Gay Texas A&M Student Body President

Rick Perry Decries Election of Gay Texas A&M Student Body President

"As Texas' first Aggie governor and as someone who was twice elected Yell Leader of Texas A&M University, I am deeply troubled by the recent conduct of A&M's administration and Student Government Association (SGA) during the Aggie student-body president elections", Perry wrote in the Houston Chronicle. "The disqualification of the leading vote-getter resulted in the certification of Bobby Brooks as the next Student Body President effective April 21, 2017".

Brooks was declared the victor on campus when it was found that the student with the most votes, Rober McIntosh, failed to provide receipts for glow sticks used in a campaign video. Additionally, he was also reported at least 14 different times via the University's elections website for violating election regulations, according to The Batt, the school's newspaper.

Perry said the election commission and judicial court, both composed entirely of students, disqualified McIntosh "through a process that - at best - made a mockery of due process and transparency".

"Now, Brooks" presidency is being treated as a victory for "diversity.' It is hard to escape the perception that this quest for "diversity" is the real reason the election outcome was overturned", wrote Perry, who as governor helped lead the charge to ban same-sex marriage in Texas. Does the principle of "diversity" override and supersede all other values of our Aggie Honor Code?'

As Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, told the Houston Chronicle, "the extraordinary part is that [Perry] took the time to do this when he should have so many bigger fish to fry in his current job".

The comments set off a social media debate in Texas where some questioned why a member of the president's cabinet keeping an eye on the USA nuclear arsenal needed to weigh in on a student election. An investigation found that McIntosh had failed to file an expense report having to do with glow sticks.

Perry said the glow sticks were given to McIntosh at a charity event that the student participated in.

Perry goes on to detail "the facts" of the student government election dispute and complained that the disqualified student was not treated fairly.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Brooks said he was focused on improving diversity at Texas A&M, but did not make his sexuality the focal point of his campaign. "Diversity, at its heart, is equal treatment of all, and we hope this situation is resolved in a way that ensures a fair and more transparent process now and in future elections".

McIntosh is the son of a prominent Republican fundraiser from Dallas who campaigned for Donald Trump during his presidential run, the Washington Post reported.

In a statement to NBC News, Texas A&M pushed back against Perry's op-ed and said McIntosh's disqualification represents the school's commitment to accountability.

Texas A&M University officials have not yet responded to request for comment, but said they would "when we can do so". "He must really be upset about it".