While Democrats fumble to make Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s sexuality a non-issue, on August 26 Florida Republicans will have to decide whether to support Donna Milo, a Cuban transwoman running for U.S. Congress. She’s a bit like Oklahoma’s Brittany Novotny, the Democratic transwoman running for state legislature—so long as “openly trans” qualifies as a similarity. Except that Milo’s running on the Republican ticket, and and last time I checked the Republicans would rather invade a country than support anything even remotely trans.
Oh, you know the Repuglicans, the ones who used gay marriage as a wedge issue in 2004 and who currently use trans-inclusion as an wedge against ENDA. It’s not that all Democrats are “fierce advocates” necessarily, it’s just that their elephant counterparts seem to love stomping LGBTs for “values” votes.
The August 29th vote will pit Milo against two other Republican candidates—restaurateur Karen Harrington and businessman Robert Lowry—in a bid to unseat Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz. And while it’ll be interesting to see how many dollars and votes Milo gets from the Repubs, it is possible that Milo’s trans status may never become a big deal since the Florida’s 20th Congressional District leans Democratically anyway.
If she does win, it’ll be even more interesting to see how she fits in a party that contains both Meghan McCain and teabaggers.