Family Drama Curbs Gay Politico’s Congressional Race

And you thought your family was fucked?! Arizona politico Steve May rescinded his Congressional bid after falling out with his family, which owns United American Industries, a sweetener manufacturer.

May’s Mormon parents, James and Carol May, allege in court papers that they brought their son into the business back in 1995, but gave him the boot in 2006 following his “erratic behavior,” which they claim came from a substance abuse problem. May’s made no secret of his previous bouts with addiction, and readily admits to checking into rehab in February of 2006.

Republican May denies his parents claims, particularly that he tried to steal their employees and start a rival business. He also blames their actions on their religion…

From Arizona Capitol Times:

“(My parents) always see my behavior as erratic because they’re dishonest,” May said. “Sobriety showed me that they were engaged in … evil behavior that I want nothing to do with.” May said he and his parents had reached an agreement for them to buy him out in February, freeing up his time to run for Shadegg’s seat. Steven Weinberger, James and Carol May’s in-house legal counsel, said that’s a “complete and utter fabrication.”

A mediation memo in the case states May’s Mormon parents never accepted Steve as a gay man. The memo, written by Steve May’s attorneys, describes the story of a successful business infected by a dysfunctional family. “My parents have been abusive people our entire lives,” he said of himself and four siblings. “I unfortunately thought that if I made them rich that they’d be nice to us, but that’s not what happened.”

Mr. and Mrs. May deny those claims, of course.