The Florida group that Alabama Rep. Patricia Todd was tapped to run in two weeks has pulled its offer to her, after her comments about Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey.
"After careful deliberation, the board of directors of One Orlando Alliance unanimously chose to retract the offer of employment made to Patricia Todd to serve as executive director of the organization", Jennifer Foster, the chairwoman of One Orlando Alliance's board, said in a statement.
Foster said the board voted unanimously to retract its offer to Todd, "and will begin a new search for an Executive Director, effective immediately". "We strongly believe that coming out is a personal choice and we do not support involuntarily outing", Jennifer Foster, Chair of the Board of Directors and one of the original co-conveners of the Alliance said in the release. Todd also alleged that Ivey's secret girlfriend was forced to move out after she became governor.More news: Liverpool invited to take part in new Club World Cup worth £100m
Ivey, who is up for election this year, branded the claim a "disgusting lie" - and Todd suffered a sustained backlash in the wake of the comments.
All this comes as Ivey is running for a full term as governor. That organization's executive director, Michael Hansen, lamented both the tweet and the responses to it saying they were "problematic" on multiple levels. "Ms. Todd's recent actions fell short of this threshold, which is core to our mission and what prompted the board's swift action".
The One Orlando Alliance, formed after the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in 2016, is a nonprofit coalition of over 30 LGBTQ groups and ally organizations in Central Floirda.More news: Conservatives lining up to block House farm bill
"This has been a challenging situation, Foster said".
Todd replied, "ask her directly if she has ever had a relationship with a woman", AL.com reported.
Todd made the tweet Tuesday evening. "But I feel a responsibility - not as the "head queer" -to hold people accountable".More news: Nawaz Sharif to soften stance after 26/11 statement
Todd meanwhile insisted that she knows several conservative Republicans who are gay, accusing them of having an "identity issue". "So be careful when you start throwing that brick".
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