Thursday, August 24, 2006

Democratic Party Committee Disqualifies Todd & Hendricks

Associated Press Writer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A Democratic Party committee Thursday night disqualified an openly gay candidate for the Alabama Legislature and the woman she defeated in the primary runoff because both women violated a party rule that party officials said no other candidate has obeyed since 1988.

The committee voted 5-0 to disqualify Patricia Todd, who was attempting to become the state's first openly gay legislator, and Gaynell Hendricks.

Committee chairwoman Amy Burks said earlier Thursday the party's executive committee would make the final decision and select a nominee for the seat from Birmingham's House District 54 at a meeting in Montgomery Saturday.



Jeff Vreeland said...

I wonder if this 1974 Party rule was approved the Justice Department under section 5 of voting rights act. This section states you have to have pre-clearance to make any changes to the voting process. Could definitely be the next step for either attorney?

Kathy said...

This is crazy! Every other candidate on the Democratic ballot "violated" the same rule. What could the committee be thinking?

Loretta Nall said...

I can't see how this will stand in court. If no other candidates have filed disclosure statements with the party since 1988 then that means the whole slate of candidates will be disqualified. That would thin out my competition, no doubt, but would be just terrible.