Panel disqualifies both District 54 candidates Democratic Party may handpick a nominee Friday, August 25, 2006 BOB JOHNSON The Associated Press MONTGOMERY - A Democratic Party committee Thursday night disqualified an openly gay candidate for the Alabama Legislature and the woman she defeated in the primary runoff because both women violated a party rule that party officials said no other candidate has obeyed since 1988. The committee voted 5-0 to disqualify House District 54 candidate Patricia Todd, who was attempting to become the state's first openly gay legislator, and Gaynell Hendricks. Committee chairwoman Amy Burks said earlier Thursday the party's executive committee would make the final decision and select a nominee for the Birmingham seat at a meeting in Montgomery Saturday. http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1156498102183020.xml&coll=2 I don't have a problem with disqualifing candidates for not following the rulse, but the bylaw that they used is one that hasn't been enforced since 1988. I am by no means an advocate for gay rights, but this just isn't kosher. No wonder the Democratic Party is in such a mess.