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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s political action committee announced Wednesday that ordained minister and former radio broadcaster Jamie Johnson would be serving as RickPAC’s senior director.

Back in 2012, while Johnson was serving as Iowa coalitions director for former Sen. Rick Santorum’s (R-PA) presidential campaign, Johnson sent an email to a friend where he questioned whether or not electing a female president would be contradictory to God’s will.

“The question then comes, ‘Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will,…to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?” Johnson wrote in the email.

Johnson was quick to defend himself when the news initially broke.

“I was sharing my personal reflections with a friend through my private email account —not the campaign account,” Johnson said according to NBC. “They were reflections on over 25 years of formal, theological study” that are based in “classical Christian doctrine.”

In a recent interview with the Guardian, Johnson claimed that he was actually fine with having women in political office.

“Golda Meir and Margaret Thatcher have proven for a long time now that women can do anything that men can do and do it well,” he said.

(h/t TPM)

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