On March 19, Texas A&M’s newspaper, The Batt, released an article about TAMU Student Body President Elect Bobby Brooks, announcing that he will the first openly gay person to serve in this position. Media platforms were flooded with overwhelmingly amounts of love and support for Bobby. A&M was making bigger and better strides towards diversity!

But then Rick Perry chimed in…

Background

The two finalists for the 2017-2018 Student Body President were Bobby Brooks and Robert McIntosh. McIntosh technically won the election, but was quickly disqualified for several counts of voter intimidation. A full report is here, and lists each instance of voter intimidation.

McIntosh tried to fight these claims, saying that there were no instances of voter intimidation, but merely strong yet friendly campaigning. During this investigation, it was discovered that McIntosh’s team failed to report the purchase of glow sticks on their campaign finance reports.

Rick Perry speaks out?

Many articles have surfaced on my Facebook over the past few days about Rick Perry, and I didn’t understand how/why Rick Perry chose to comment on this seemingly minute issue. But then I read the article from the Texas Tribune.

In its opinion, the Judicial Court admitted that the charges were minor and technical, but, incredibly, chose to uphold the disqualification, with no consideration given to whether the punishment fit the crime. The desire of the electorate is overturned, and thousands of student votes are disqualified because of free glow sticks that appeared for 11 seconds of a months-long campaign. Apparently, glow sticks merit the same punishment as voter intimidation.

– Rick Perry

Former Mr. Governor, I respectfully disagree. I believe that you are ignoring the time line. Sure, glow sticks do not merit the same punishment as voter intimidation, but let’s not forget that the glow sticks were only discovered AFTER McIntosh was disqualified for the aforementioned LIST of instances where he coerced students into voting for him.

Kate’s Final Weigh-In

This is my school, my soon-to-be alma mater, and I am not afraid to speak out when I feel like fools like McIntosh are shaming the Aggie name. In all honesty, I think McIntosh is just butt hurt that he lost. The instances of voter intimidation are REAL and SERIOUS and they’re now getting swept under the rug because of glow sticks? Rick Perry’s comments are just adding fuel to this ridiculous fire. Leave Bobby Brooks alone and let’s celebrate this victory for him and the whole student body.

P.S. Thanks for sticking with me. Here’s a funny Mugdown article to end this blog post on a light note 🙂

Photo: Texas Tribune

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