Today may determine whether gay Iraq veteran Anthony Woods is your next U.S. congressman. OMG, and he’s black?! Capitol Hill is not ready for all this minorityism!
And it may not have to be.
Woods, a Bronze Star recipient and Harvard grad, faces some established candidates in today’s special election to fill the open seat left by Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who left for a post in the Obama administration. While Woods is the obvious “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” candidate (though he’s buried his gay rights positions at the bottom of his Issues list), he has some heavy hitting opponents, including Democrats like Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, State Rep. Joan Buchanan — plus six Republicans and three others.
But with so many players, there’s a chance no one candidate will score a majority vote. And without one, the special election ends with a whimper: the top vote getters from each party will face a Nov. 3 battle for the seat.
So today either launches Woods into the stratosphere of American politics, or asks him politely to sit back down.