Last month’s election of Patricia Todd to the Alabama House, which made her the first openly gay official in that state’s history, is being challenged by her opponent’s mother-in-law.
Mattie Childress claims that Todd stole the election from her daughter-in-law by timing a finance report so that voters were unaware that she was given a $25,000 contribution from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund or that Todd paid $12,750 to two primary opponents who ended up endorsing her.
Said Childress: “I want this controversy settled. This is happening like when Bush and Gore were running for president. I don’t like it.”
A hearing is expected within 20 days.
Alabama Elects its First Openly Gay Official [tr]