Last week, former State Rep. Patricia Todd, the state’s first openly gay legislator, suggested Gov. Kay Ivey was gay in the following Tweet:
“Will someone out her for God’s sake … I have heard for years that she is gay and moved her girlfriend out of her house when she became Gov. I am sick of closeted elected officials.”
This, of course, caused quite a stir. To say the least.
Todd was responding to a spat between Ivey and “evangelist” candidate Scott Dawson. Dawson went around the state criticizing Ivey for allowing ADECA funds to go to an LGBTQ-friendly organization in Huntsville. Ivey fired back saying the funds were federally mandated and allocated before her time — but added she obviously did not agree with “the agenda or values” of the agency.
So Todd tweeted her now-infamous response.
And then Ivey’s campaign vehemently denied it, said it was politically motivated and called it a “disgusting lie.”
Dawson’s campaign was then accused of orchestrating all of this, in an attempt to fuel the rumors Todd spoke of, an allegation he denies.
Like sands through the hourglass, these are the Days of Our Alabama Lives. A state so racy all of our gubernatorial sexual scandals or even rumored scandals involve septuagenarians. So hot!
I have never heard this about the governor. And I really don’t care what she or any of our elected officials do in the privacy of their own bedrooms as long as they don’t use taxpayer money to cover up their affairs (a la Bentley) or put themselves in a position to be blackmailed.
Obviously, if Todd’s allegation about Ivey were true, she would open herself up to the latter. But no one has offered up a shred of evidence supporting this, so I will take the governor at her word. The only “disgusting” thing about this was Ivey’s “disgusting” use of adjectives. Just “lie” would have been sufficient. I don’t care how you define marriage, we don’t call our fellow human beings “disgusting,” which is what she essentially did. Can I get an amen?!?!
But even before Dawson’s attacks, Todd’s tweet or Ivey’s denials, we already knew what we needed to know about Dawson and Ivey. Neither should be governor of this great state and it has nothing to do with this ridiculousness.
Dawson is an “evangelist” clearly more interested in divisive identity politics. I love my church, but I don’t want my preacher going to negotiate deals with international automakers and aerospace companies. Sorry.
Furthermore, one of Dawson’s biggest endorsements comes from Birmingham radio personalities “Rick and Bubba.” Does anyone give a flying flip who these two clowns endorse? For anything? I don’t know, maybe they do in Birmingham. But certainly not here. And after watching “Rick” exploit what should have been a very private, family matter with his own bisexual daughter last year in a very public, very gross way (presumably for ratings), he and his ilk (Dawson) are the only ones I find “disgusting.” I don’t care how you define marriage, you should never do that to your own child. Disgusting, indeed. Can I get an amen?!?!
Ivey, who my husband keeps saying looks just like his Granny (Shocking! She looks just like everyone’s granny!) hasn’t really brought any new ideas to the table. Plus, it makes me absolutely crazy she won’t participate in a debate.
Perhaps most egregiously, she also said she believed Roy Moore’s accusers, but that she would still vote for him. Say whaaaaat? So you believed he touched at 14-year-old girl inappropriately, but still wanted him to be our next senator? Um, OK. It would have been better if she would have just called the women flat-out liars. I truly want to believe she was just trying to walk the political party line, and she didn’t really mean that. But even if that was the case, what an extremely clumsy way to walk said line. To say the least! Especially for the second female governor in Alabama history. How inspiring to the young women of our state! Does anyone else find that disgusting? Yeah, #MeToo!
Ivey has also taken credit for things she clearly had no part in, and her only argument seems to be that she isn’t Robert Bentley. I’ll give her that. But she also claims she has cleaned things up. How exactly? I’m pretty sure she was lieutenant governor when Bentley was up there making plans to move Wanda’s desk. Where was she then?
Many in the political chattering class refer to the “Bentley stain” (which, ironically, sounds like a condition our former disgraced, dermatologist governor could treat with some sort of prescription salve). Specifically, I have heard that referenced about Attorney General Steve Marshall, an incumbent who is surprisingly down in the latest polls. These chattering insiders attribute the poll numbers to his appointment by the “Luv Guv.” Just ask Luther Strange about that Bentley stain. But I don’t really understand how Ivey has escaped from this dreaded mark too. She should be crying “Out, out damn spot!” like the rest of them.
We have some very good, dynamic, energetic, qualified candidates on both sides of the aisle for governor, all of whom are delightfully stain free. I have been quite impressed with Republicans Bill Hightower and Tommy Battle and Democrats Walt Maddox and Sue Bell Cobb.
Todd’s tweet was totally inappropriate any which way you tweet it. But what I hope it did do was bring attention to the fact Dawson is what he is. And Ivey isn’t really the graft-cleansing, job-producing rock star of Alabama politics she claims to be.
We can do better. It’s time for bold, new leadership in Montgomery.
Can I get an amen?!?!