Sending senator cereal could be sweet revenge

Staff writerOctober 6, 2010 

Rep. Larry Brown

State Rep. Larry Brown, who referred to gay people as “fruitloops” in an e-mail, may soon have all the Froot Loops he can eat and angry messages to digest.

For each donation of at least $5, gay-rights group Equality North Carolina plans to deliver a box of the multicolored, super-sugary cereal to Brown’s legislative office. Each box will come with a message to Brown from the donor, reports Lynn Bonner.

The plan is to take the cereal and the notes to Brown’s office next week, said Ian Palmquist, the group’s executive director. Equality NC intends for the cereal to end up as a food bank donation, but they’ll leave the messages for Brown. He may not be around to accept the cereal because the legislative session is over.

"It’s a fun way to get the message across that this is not acceptable from a legislator,” Palmquist said. In two hours’ time after the fundraiser was announced, the group had raised more than $2,000, he said.

In an e-mail to nearly 60 House Republicans last month, Brown, a Kernersville Republican, used derisive language, referring to gay people as “queers” and “fruitloops.”

Before it delivers the cereal, Equality NC has to make sure that it won’t violate the state ban on gifts to legislators. Of course, Equality NC doesn’t really think of it that way.

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