Politics Female impersonator defeats anti-gay-marriage foe for Delaware House seat
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Sashay away, loser.
Aspiring Delaware politician Eric Morrison, an openly gay man who performs as female impersonator Anita Mann, defeated his primary opponent who had criticized him for holding a drag-themed campaign fund-raiser.
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Earl Jaques, who had held his Democratic seat in the state’s House of Representatives seat since 2009, mustered only 39% of votes for the Sept. 15 primary, reported.
Last November, the now-vanquished Jaques, who has voted against pro-LGBT measures, was appalled to learn of Morrison’s unorthodox shindig.
“That is so far off-base for our district, it’s unbelievable,” Jaques toldlast October. “You wonder what the point is. You can have fund-raisers. I don’t care about that, but dressing in drag? Really?”
I live in Delaware. Eric Morrison is known locally as Anita Mann and she’s fabulous!— PoliticalJunky (@luntphotog)
After the state’s House Speaker, Majority Leader and Majority Whip condemned Jaques’ remarks, the 72-year-old father of two offered a tepid apology that didn’t address Morrison specifically.
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Although Morrison, 44, accepted the atonement, he made clear that Jaques' anti-LGBT views were unacceptable.
“This does not change the fact that Rep. Jaques voted against same-sex marriage in 2013, and refused to vote yes or no on banning the barbaric practice of conversation therapy for Delaware’s LGBT minors in 2013,” said Morrison, a human resources project manager at JPMorgan Chase. “Those votes trouble me today and will always trouble me.”
Numerous Morrison supporters on social media celebrated his victory.
“Seriously, this makes me happy on so many levels and their poetic nature [of] their victory of it all makes me feel even happier,” wroteuser Abolition Alissa.
But others were thinking even further ahead.
“She looks great, just right for the occasion,”Paul Francis Leysen, remarking on Mann’s lustrous look. “Great hair for when she will be sworn in!”
Before that happens, Morrison must defeat Republican Donald Keister and Libertarian candidate William Hinds in the general election on Nov. 3.
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