Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the first openly gay student body president at his alma mater, Texas A&M University, may have "stolen" the election.

The former Texas governor alleges that the possible advancement of ideals about diversity trumped electoral fairness on campus.

In a Houston Chronicle op-ed, Perry wrote that the election "at best made a mockery of due process and transparency" and at worst "allowed an election to be stolen outright."

A presidential cabinet member, especially one in charge of America's nuclear stockpiles, picking a fight with their university might seem unthinkable politically. But not to those who know Perry best.

He has long been passionate about A&M for decades and long been wary of what he calls political correctness run wild.

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