A candidate for Alpena County sheriff is under fire after the release of homophobic text messages sent from his county-owned phone.
Terry King, who is running in the August Republican primary for sheriff of Alpena County in northern Michigan against his former boss, Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski, sent violently homophobic text messages about two men holding hands in public when he worked as an undersheriff in 2013, according to records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
King resigned from his post in June 2019 following an investigation into numerous allegations of impropriety and an ultimatum by Kieliszewski to resign or be fired, according to Freep. King subsequently filed a whistleblower lawsuit.
The text messages sent on Oct. 10, 2013 from King’s county-owned phone number show he was attending a wedding in St. Joseph County when he sent the messages to his daughter, Kimberly.
The text exchange began after King sent a photo mocking a woman whose dress was being held together with a safety pin. The same photo was later shared with others noting “dress issues!”
“Where the heck are you??? Homoland???” asked Kimberly.
Her dad took a picture of a gay couple holding hands at the wedding and wrote: “THESE guys are holding hands, where is my fricken gun.”
“They kiss and stuff! Ew,” Kimberly responded.
“Bang bang,” Terry King replied.
“What’s worse. The people are the food?” Kimberly wrote.
The text messages were obtained by local activist and former Kieliszewski campaign chair Bob Reid and posted to his website, TheTruthAboutTerryKing.com.
The website shared text messages and emails about several other issues involving King – including the lawsuit and allegations against him – as well as his browser search history, which suggests he spent a lot of time looking at Stormy Daniels porn in 2018.
“He didn’t just give it to a couple people,” Reid told WKBK 11. “He sent them to his wife and his daughter. It paints a different picture because it makes you think, wait a minute, he’s so comfortable with his hatred, that he shares it with his immediate family.”