A&M stu­dent can­di­date files court pa­pers

Se­nior dis­qual­i­fied in elec­tion prepar­ing for pos­si­ble law­suit.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Ralph K.M. Hau­r­witz rhau­r­witz@states­man.com Elec­tion

A Texas A&M Univer­sity stu­dent who was dis­qual­i­fied af­ter win­ning the most votes for stu­dent body pres­i­dent has asked a court for per­mis­sion to take sworn state­ments from three peo­ple in prepa­ra­tion for a pos­si­ble law­suit on re­li­gious, due process and other grounds.

Lawyers for Robert McIn­tosh, a se­nior ma­jor­ing in univer­sity stud­ies, filed the pe­ti­tion Thurs­day in state District Court in Bra­zos County seek­ing to de­pose Amy Loyd, Rachel Keath­ley and Aaron Mitchell. Loyd is as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of stu­dent ac­tiv­i­ties at A&M, ac­cord­ing to the school’s web­site. Keath­ley is a busi­ness hon­ors se­nior and stu­dent elec­tions com­mis­sioner, while Mitchell is im­me­di­ate past speaker of the Stu­dent Se­nate.

A&M’s stu­dent-run ju­di­cial court dis­qual­i­fied McIn­tosh for fail­ing to re­port a cam­paign ex­pense — namely, glow sticks of the type seen at con­certs and raves — that he used in a video. As a re­sult, Bobby Brooks, a ju­nior ma­jor­ing in eco­nomics, was de­clared the vic­tor, mak­ing him the first openly gay per­son elected stu­dent body pres­i­dent at the Col­lege Sta­tion cam­pus.

For­mer Texas gov­er­nor and cur­rent U.S. En­ergy Sec­re­tary Rick Perry, an alum­nus of A&M, sug­gested ear­lier this week in a Hous­ton Chron­i­cle col­umn that a di­ver­sity agenda was be­hind the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion — an al­le­ga­tion stren­u­ously de­nied by the univer­sity.

Lawyers for McIn­tosh say in their court pa­pers that they want to in­ves­ti­gate whether he was dis­qual­i­fied “based on the fact that he is a het­ero­sex­ual, white, Chris­tian male.” Fur­ther­more, they want to de­ter­mine whether he has the mak­ings of a law­suit based on pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tions of his

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