Ms. Todd is Alabama’s only openly gay legislator, and now she’s an openly unethical legislator. She doesn’t like the political and social arguments some of her colleagues are making against gay marriage, so she’s going to extort them to shut them up. Maybe she got the idea from “Citizen Kane.” Charles Foster Kane’s political career was ruined by similar extortion from a political opponent. Of course, the Orson Welles classic made it clear that James Gettys was a ruthless villain. So is Todd.
Her threat: if opponents use “family values” rhetoric as a reason to oppose marriage equality, she’ll start making rumors of their marital infidelities public. “I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘family values’ when they have affairs, and I know of many who are and have,” Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd wrote on Facebook. “I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet out…If certain people come out and start espousing this rhetoric about family values, then I will say, ‘Let’s talk about family values, because here’s what I heard.’ I don’t have direct knowledge, because obviously I’m not the other person involved in the affair. But one thing you would never hear about me is that I ever cheated on a partner or had an affair.”
That’s certainly ennobling: openly dirty politics, using threats of exposing tales of embarrassing personal misconduct to force opponents to surrender. Next: Taking their kids hostage? Framing those hypocritical reps with photos of dead prostitutes in their beds, like in “Godfather Part 2”? Todd is dangerously unschooled in right and wrong, because she is just right, that’s all, and anyone who stands in her way deserves to be destroyed. She can’t prevail on the merits of her policies and her ability to argue persuasively for them, so her strategy is to cause carnage in her opponent’s lives, families, and careers as vengeance, or to intimidate them into not doing their jobs. She doesn’t even care if the rumors are true.
Awful woman, unethical official, political thug. See? Gays in power are just like anyone else!