A&M student who lost election says he’s fighting out of principle

Robert McIntosh, who won election as Texas A&M University’s student body president only to be stripped of victory for a campaign finance violation, says he’s fighting that result out of principle.

“The reason I ran for student body president, and won, is the same reason I’m fighting the theft of this election now: to serve and defend the interests and the rights of all Aggies,” McIntosh said in a prepared statement. “That doesn’t just mean the ones who voted for me — it also means the ones who didn’t.”

Last week, McIntosh’s lawyers filed papers in state district court in Brazos County seeking authorization to question two students and one A&M staff member in connection with the election. A student-run judicial court disqualified McIntosh for failing to report a campaign expense — specifically, some glow sticks used in a video.

“The student decision makers who saw fit to ignore and overturn the will of the student body need to answer for their decisions,” said McIntosh, a senior majoring in university studies. “The administration that condoned and counseled them must do the same. And the university must take steps to ensure this never happens again — that there is accountability and fairness in this and all future Aggie elections.”

As a result of McIntosh’s disqualification, Bobby Brooks, a junior economics major, was declared the winner. He is the first openly gay president of A&M’s student body.

U.S. Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a graduate of A&M, has suggested that a diversity agenda was behind the disqualification, a charge that the university has denied.

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