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Alabama: Democratic Party committee disqualifies Todd

AP reports: A Democratic Party committee Thursday night disqualified an openly gay candidate for the Alabama Legislature and the woman she defeated in the primary runoff because both women violated a party rule that party officials said no other candidate has obeyed since 1988.

The committee voted 5-0 to disqualify Patricia Todd, who was attempting to become the state's first openly gay legislator, and Gaynell Hendricks.

Committee chairwoman Amy Burks said earlier Thursday the party's executive committee would make the final decision and select a nominee for the seat from Birmingham's House District 54 at a meeting in Montgomery Saturday.

Committee members said they would issue a formal order Friday morning. -- AP Wire | 08/24/2006 | Democratic Party committee asked to disqualify gay candidate

Disclosure: I am one of Patricia Todd's lawyers.

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