Patricia Todd Wins - For Real This Time

by David Weigel

The Alabama Democratic Party has reversed the decision of a local authority (first noted here) and reinstated out lesbian Patricia Todd as its state legislature candidate.

Patricia Todd was reinstated Saturday as the Democratic Party's nominee for a seat in the Alabama Legislature.  The Alabama Democratic Party Executive Committee voted 95-87 to reject the ruling of a subcommittee two days ago that had voted to disqualify Todd.

Todd beat Gaynell Hendricks in the primary. But Hendricks' mother-in-law filed an appeal filed with the Democratic Party claiming that Todd timed the filing of her campaign finance report with the Secretary of State's office shortly before the deadline to keep voters from learning she was supported by the Victory Fund, a Washington DC-based organization that helps the campaigns LGBT candidates.

With no Republican candidate on the November ballot, Todd is about to become the state's first out legislator.