As the Maury County Holler reported this week, rumor at Mulefest on Saturday was Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles would NOT be running for both re-election and the open TN-5 congressional seat, but would instead be relinquishing his hold on the mayor’s office to focus on the crowded circus of a TN-5 primary.
Word was the Maury GOP would then throw their weight behind former TN House GOP Rep Sheila Butt for mayor.
Well, the Maury Holler appears to have been correct. Butt has just posted a picture of herself dropping off her petition to run for Maury mayor.
This is noteworthy because even in a party that has come to stand for anti-LGBT hate, anti-Muslim hate, and, yes, racism, Sheila stands out from the crowd.
Butt’s anti-LGBT hate is blatant and right out in the open. Would you like some examples, with receipts? That’s what we’re here for. Let’s begin…
She has said homosexuality is a “slippery slope” to pedophilia and a “godless” “horrific” “immoral” culture:
She told Maury County residents to steer clear of downtown Columbia because of a PRIDE block party:
She even put her name on whatever the hell this is:
BUTTT it isn’t just about her hatred for our LGBTQ brothers & sisters.
She is also deeply anti-Muslim, and once even called for Christian and WHITE organizations to form in opposition to CAIR.
She’s also as anti-reproductive freedom as they come, advocating for the ban of all abortions without exceptions for rape, and even going as far as to say most instances of rape are “not verifiable” – a comment for which she was admonished by one of her Democratic House colleagues:
And if all that wasn’t enough, Butt once openly disparaged the idea of interracial marriage in her book, saying women who date outside of their race are often less desirable to those of their own races afterwards:
And these are just a few of her greatest hits. There is undoubtedly plenty more.
In today’s GOP, does harboring racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, anti-woman views count as baggage? Or is that, in fact, her qualifying resume?
Judging by the word that the party is already in the tank for her, we probably have her answer.
How can LGBT people, Muslims, People of Color, women – or anyone really – feel safe in the community knowing Butt is their mayor? Is being this hateful what Maury County is looking for in a mayor? We hope it isn’t. We fear it is.
Ogles was hateful. Butt may somehow be worse. We have to be better than this.
And we truly hope other members of the media, particularly in Maury County, will remind people what Butt is really all about.