PHOTO: Michigan Radio
How sweet it is: Anti-gay and anti-trans Black Republican State Rep. Paul Scott has been recalled by voters.
Scott’s opponents sought to recall the second-term lawmaker for several reasons, including his votes to cut K-12 education funding, add a pension tax and his work on legislation that loosens teacher tenure protection. According to campaign finance reports, Scott out-raised the recall effort by a nearly two to one margin.
"The effort to recall Scott was financed and backed by the Michigan Education Association, the state's largest teachers union," adds Michigan Radio.
Scott made national headlines during his 2010 campaign for secretary of state by using "bathrooom" scare tactics and anti-transgender rhetoric. Included among Scott's four campaign priorities: "I will make it a priority to ensure transgender individuals will not be allowed to change the sex on their driver’s license in any circumstance."
"If you are born a male, you should be known as a male. Same as with a female, she should be known as a female," he said. When asked to explain how such a mandate from the Secretary of State would benefit Michigan, he said it was about "preventing people who are males genetically from dressing as a woman and going into female bathrooms."
When the Harvard-educated Scott made history in 2008, it had "been more than 100 years" since a black Republican was elected to the state House. "Voters in the district will elect a new lawmaker in February," adds the Michigan Messenger. "Scott will serve until then."
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