State lawmaker the author of homophobic email?
This was published today by the Winston-Salem Journal:
E-mail sent from Rep. Larry Brown’s account uses questionable language on invitation to event
By Wesley Young
An e-mail sent from Rep. Larry Brown’s personal election account calls homosexuals ”queers” and refers to “legislative fruitloops” in commentary on an award that Democratic House Speaker Joe Hackney is scheduled to receive from Equality NC.
Equality NC promotes issues important to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The group is giving its legislative leadership award to Hackney at its Equality Gala in November.
Brown, a Kernersville Republican, was among a number of Republican legislators receiving information about the event from Paul Stam, the leader of the GOP in the state House.
Brown’s e-mailed response to Stam and copied to many GOP legislators, said in full: ’I hope all the queers are thrilled to see him. I am sure there will be a couple legislative fruitloops there in the audience.’
Brown said today he had no comment on the e-mail.
“I didn’t send you one,” Brown said.
When asked to confirm whether he wrote the e-mail, Brown said: ‘I’m not saying I did and I’m not saying I didn’t.’”
Brown has served three terms in the House and would be in line to become a committee chair if the Republicans were to retake the House this fall.