A right-wing candidate for mayor in Kings Mountain, N.C. — less than an hour from Charlotte and home to North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore — says he’d use Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis as his model for how to govern… and take it just a few too many steps too far.
Eugene Holmes, who’s running against an incumbent mayor, a former mayor and a third candidate, told the local Kings Mountain Herald that he wants to “eradicate homosexuals.”
From the paper:
What motivates Holmes to be in the public eye – if not public office – is his vocal and unbending rejection of the so-called homosexual lifestyle.
“In my administration I would do just like Mrs. Davis did in Kentucky,” said Holmes, referring to Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Ky., clerk of court who gained national media attention earlier this month by defying a federal court order in not issuing same-sex marriage licenses following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized gay marriage. (The City of Kings Mountain does not issue marriage licenses.)
Holmes’ views about homosexuality would likely be described as more extreme than those of Davis, who was held in contempt of court and jailed for five days for her actions.
“If you elect me, I’ll uphold the law of the state of North Carolina,” said Holmes, a 77-year-old Korean War veteran who makes a living by selling various wares at area flea markets. I would get the D.A. to swear out a warrant on any man who says he’s gay. Sodomy is a crime, a felony in the state of North Carolina.”
“What’s wrong with eradicating homosexuals? We should jail them, throw them all in jail!” said Holmes, who plans to participate in a Meet the Candidates forum at the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club this Saturday.
Holmes, who said he is a lifelong member of the Church of God, said he also would like to see alcohol, divorce and all immigration into the United States be made illegal.
Fortunately, the guy has zero chance of winning (we hope) and sounds legitimately insane. The paper also reports, emphasis added: “In 2011, Holmes said he was ordered to receive 60-days of psychiatric treatment at Broughton Hospital, a state operated health care facility. That sentence stemmed from a case that involved Holmes being accused of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a judge’s finding that he was in need of psychological evaluation and treatment. Holmes says that during his stay at the Morganton hospital doctors diagnosed him as suffering from ‘religious hallucinations.‘”