Rick Perry Casts Doubt on Election of Openly Gay Student Body President – NBCNews.com

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Olivier Douliery / Olivier Douliery/Pool via CNP/AP
He also alleged that a series of the voter intimidation complaints made against McIntosh were submitted by Brooks’ supporters in “a series of dirty campaign tactics.”
“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. “Does the principle of ‘diversity’ override and supersede all other values of our Aggie Honor Code?”
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.
“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,” said Texas A&M spokesperson Amy Smith.
Smith said the school was surprised by Perry’s editorial, but insists that the election results were determined in accordance with the student government constitution and by-laws.
McIntosh, a senior at the school, told the school paper that he was grateful and humbled by Perry’s support.
“He made a compelling case which I fully support and continue to fight for,” McIntosh told the
Battalion. “Our campaign team won the election and was subsequently disqualified unfairly. Diversity, at it’s 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.”
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. He will begin serving as the school’s president in April.
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