The humorous photo in question carried a caption that read: “The only time you’ll see a Muslim kiss a pig.”
AL.COM Laird, of Roanoke in east Alabama, announced Monday that he was becoming an independent. On Friday, Democratic leaders rebuked Laird for sending the offensive email to legislators and constituents prior to his party switch.
On Jan. 23, Laird sent an email to a group of recipients that included House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, state Rep. Duwayne Bridges, R-Valley, and state Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison. Also copied on the email was Mellie Parrish of Lineville, a member of the Randolph County Democratic Party Executive Committee. Parrish provided a copy of the email, saying she was “disgusted and shocked” by its contents. House Minority Leader Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, said the message was “very distasteful.”
Laird, 73, who has represented Chambers, Clay and Randolph counties as a Democrat since 1978, told the Associated Press that he may have forwarded the email but that he didn’t originate it. He said he doesn’t like the policies of the president or Pelosi and that his disagreement with Democratic Party politics is the reason he became an independent.
“I’m leaving the party because I think it left me a long time ago,” Laird said when announcing his decision to become an independent and said that he would caucus with the GOP in the state House.
In the spirit of the story, this could be the only time you’ll ever see a ‘pig’ kissing up to a Muslim: