Dallas News says that the student who was disqualified is the son of a rather influential Republican donor/fundraiser in Dallas, and that Perry has been photographed with the family before… Looks like someone’s mom got upset and made a few calls.
Based on the various articles in The Battalion, Brooks won the election because McIntosh was disqualified for two election rule violations (McIntosh had more votes). The J-Court in the student government overturned one of the violation findings, but let the other one (and the disqualification) stand.
Perry began his political career as the A&M Yell Leader. And I have the impression that in Texas there’s a pretty direct connection between politics at UT and A&M and grown-up politics.
I had a classmate at Yale who was from Texas and wanted to go back there and to get involved with politics. He was devastated when he was rejected at UT Law School, and had to go to Harvard instead. He didn’t see how he was going to be able to participate in Texas politics without going to UT for either undergraduate or law school. (I’m not certain he considered A&M a worthy alternative. And Ted Cruz was still in elementary school then.) Anyway – everything worked out fine for him. He married a former Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Law Review, and now he’s a judge.
He was disqualified for failing to account for glow sticks used in a video. That is just ridiculous. This was an example of using a small error to change the results of an election, and void the will of the student voters. Shame!