The list of lunatics to endorse Rick Perry for president continues to grow.
Rick Perry snagged the endorsement of 27 New Hampshire state legislators on Wednesday, passing fellow GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has endorsements from just 9 Granite State lawmakers. The Texas governor’s campaign was quick to brag about this ally-recruiting coup. “We are honored to have the support of these men and women who represent and understand the sentiments of voters across the state,” said Paul Young, a senior adviser for Perry. But some of Perry’s new supporters have made headlines for the wrong reasons—including for claiming New Hampshire “sold” children to gay couples and for slamming college students as “transient inmates.”
One of Perry’s New Hampshire endorsers, state Rep. Al Baldasaro, sparked an outcry in 2010 when he compared adoption by same-sex couples to child trafficking. New Hampshire passed a law in 2008 permitting unmarried same-sex couples to adopt children. Afterward, Baldasaro testified before a legislative committee that New Hampshire “sold each kid to a homosexual couple that’s not married for $10,000.” Baldasaro later apologized, called the statement “a bad choice of words,” and claimed he was referring to federal money received by the state to cover adoption costs.
Another Perry endorser, GOP state Rep. Gregory Sorg, publicly supported a bill that would ban college students from voting in elections in their college towns. (The bill drew large opposition from New Hampshire students, the League of Women Voters, and the secretary of state.) But it was Sorg’s description of college students that caught the eye: He disparaged them “transient inmates…with a dearth of experience and a plethora of the easy self-confidence that only ignorance and inexperience can produce,” the Union Leader reported.
I think the crazy supporters of Perry and the crazy supporters of Bachmann should get together and talk things out. It would be a who’s who of the religious right.