Perry decries election of 1st gay Texas A&M student prez

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Posted: Mar 22, 2017 10:39 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is suggesting that the election that gave his alma mater, Texas A&M, its first openly gay student body president was "stolen."

Perry was Texas' longest serving governor until leaving office in 2015. He was also an A&M yell leader, or cheerleader.

In an op-ed published Wednesday by the Houston Chronicle (, Perry decried the election of Bobby Brooks, who finished second in voting but was awarded the presidency after top vote-getter Robert McIntosh was disqualified.

Perry writes that the process at best "made a mockery of due process and transparency" and at worst "allowed an election to be stolen outright."

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He writes "it is difficult to escape the perception that this quest for 'diversity' is the real reason the election outcome was overturned."