A Democratic Party committee has disqualified an openly gay candidate for the Alabama Legislature and the woman she defeated in the primary runoff.As usual, Birmingham Blues has the inside scoop. Kathy went to the hearing today and explains the whole process.
Committee members ruled tonight that both women violated a party rule that party officials say no other candidate has obeyed since 1988.
The committee voted 5-0 to disqualify Patricia Todd and Gaynell Hendricks. Todd was attempting to become the the state's first openly gay legislator.
The full Democratic Party state committee will make a decision on Saturday. It's a lot simpler if they do the Democratic thing and decide that the person who got the most votes is the winner.
Keep in mind, this is all happening within the confines of the Democratic Party. It's really embarrassing. Doesn't the DNC even try to prevent this kind of inanity?
UPDATE: The NY Times is now covering this Democratic mess in Alabama. It's a national story now...