Buzzkill: Senate Keeps Burleson Sex-Toy Crusader Off Pardons and Paroles Board
|Guess this will be the last time we run this photo of Shanda Perkins.|
The Austin American-Statesman's video from the debate can be found after the jump. But among the reasons cited for the Senate's rejection: Perkins's involvement in the dildo dust-up about which we wrote in '04, which led to the arrest of a woman who sold sex toys -- an arrest that ultimately led to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision last year that it's perfectly legal to sell sex toys in the state of Texas, so there. Flower Mound's Jane Nelson still approves the appointment and insists, look, this was solely about the sex-toy issue and not about actual qualifications. Perkins tells the Star-Telegram she'll take any other position the governor would like: "Whatever I can do for the state of Texas, I'm certainly willing to do that."