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‘Stolen’: Rick Perry Criticizes The Way College Elected First Gay Student President

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Texas A&M University elected its first openly gay student body president, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry thinks that the administration used shady tactics to help him, according to an op-ed published Wednesday.

Perry alleges that the administration had a goal of increasing the university’s “diversity,” and falsely disqualified the candidate that actually earned the most votes in the race.

“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 student who actually won the most amount of votes, Robert McIntosh, was disqualified by the University due to accusations of “voter intimidation,” as well as failure to report a campaign-related expense, according to the report.

The student body election “made a mockery of the due process and transparency,” according to Perry, and “allowed an election to be stolen outright.”

“I would say that we respectfully disagree with his assessment,” Senior VP of communications for the university told the Texas Tribune, “and his understanding of the election rules of student body president elections doesn’t reflect the facts.”

“Honestly, we were just surprised to see that the secretary of energy would take the time to weigh in in detail and we respectfully disagree with his assessment of what happened,” she said.

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