Patricia Todd, the only openly gay state legislator in Alabama, posted comments on social media sites implying that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is gay.
Todd posted the comments Tuesday night on both Facebook and Twitter. "Will someone out her for God's sake....I have heard for years that she is gay and moved her girlfriend out of her house when she became Gov. I am sick of closeted elected officials," Todd wrote on her personal accounts.
Ivey's campaign responded with a statement Wednesday morning on Twitter and Facebook.
The statement reads, "This most recent personal attack against me is beyond disgraceful. It's a disgusting lie being pushed by a paid left wing liberal political operative. There is absolutely no truth to it. It's false. It's wrong. It's a bald faced lie. And I'm not gonna let them get away with it. Whether these attacks are malicious or ignorant or both - they represent everything that's wrong with politics today."
Later that morning, the privacy settings on Todd's Twitter and Facebook accounts had been altered and her comment about Ivey was deleted.
This exchange comes just three weeks before the Alabama gubernatorial republican primary. Ivey is running against Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Birmingham evangelist Scott Dawson, and state Sen. Bill Hightower.