Texas A&M, Rick Perry clash on election of gay student body president

Texas A&M University said on Thursday it respectfully disagreed with comments U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry made a day earlier when he criticized an election at his alma matter that led to the school’s first openly gay student body president. In an opinion article submitted to the Houston Chronicle’s editorial board published on Wednesday, Perry, a former governor of Texas, said the Texas A&M student election may have been rigged to secure a result that projected diversity at a campus known for being conservative. The comments set off a social media debate in Texas where some questioned why a member of the president’s cabinet keeping an eye on the U.S. nuclear arsenal needed to weigh in on a student election.

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