The Legislature Stands Up For Dildos

It's not often that the state Senate rejects a gubernatorial appointment, but they did yesterday when they voted against Rick Perry's choice of Shanda Perkins for the state parole Board.

You could argue that the Senate rejected her 27-4 because she was horrendously underqualified for the $95,000-a-year position: She's an unemployed "banker" without a college degree, and has never really been involved in criminal issues.

Except those involving dildos.

As our sister paper the Dallas Observer described it five years ago, Perkins led a crusade against a Burleson woman who sold marital aids and vibrators and stuff like that at private parties around town.

Grits for Breakfast has been at the forefront of making sure people knew Perkins' past, and  the blog's Scott Henson called the reversal "shocking."

Oh, among the four votes in favor of Perkins: Mike Jackson, Republican from La Porte.

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Richard Connelly
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