The times, they are a-changin’. Vermont — home of socialist former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — has turned up another revolution: on Tuesday, Christine Hallquist made history as the nation’s first transgender candidate to snag a major party nomination in the race for governor.
Hallquist bested three other wannabes. It should noted, however, that one of those was a 14-year-old.
Christine — previously David, CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative — will face Republican incumbent Phil Scott in November.
Last November, another transgender candidate, Danica Roem, bagged the position of state legislator in Virginia.
That victory was, of course, of import to Hallquist:
— Christine Hallquist (@christine4world) July 23, 2018
Jay Inslee, head of the Democratic Governors Association, praised the win:
“We’re proud of Christine’s historic candidacy, and we welcome her to the most diverse crop of gubernatorial nominees in American history.”
In February, the gubernatorial hopeful described himself to NBC5:
“I consider myself a very strong leader with a good history who happens to be transgender.”
Of course, he is not just someone who just “happens to be transgender.” He is a man who has made a bold choice to completely revolutionize his presentation of himself, in a way that marks his primary success a historic feat.
I don’t understand the trend over the last few years, where someone puts themself out there, drawing attention to a particular identity and taking a stand where it’s concerned, and then talks as if that identity is insubstantial. Which is it — are you fighting for something, or is the issue at hand trivial? Regardless, to be clear, I support David Hallquist’s freedom to choose his own name and his liberty to exhibit however he wishes. If that involves a dress and high heels, then whatever floats his boat.
In 2015, the father of three made the significant decision to present himself as if he were a female. He told Politico last week he initially feared he’d lose his job, but Vermont was ultra-cool about his makeover:
“I was sure when I transitioned, I’d end up sleeping in a gutter somewhere.”
And to CNN in June:
“I was sure I was going to lose my job. I was sure I was going to lose respect. But that didn’t happen. … So this describes the beauty of Vermont. Now I’m at this point where I can’t do enough to give back to Vermont.”
Christine realizes not everyone will be quick to elect a man feigning womanhood:
“I mean, I’d ask the voters who may be struggling with the fact I am transgender to try to look beyond that. Try to look at what I’ve done.”
And what has he “done?” Well, here’s the description from www.christineforvermont.com:
“She has served as Hyde Park Town Meeting Day Moderator for the past five years, served twelve years on the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation Board, chaired the Sterling Area Services Mental Health Board, and served on the Hyde Park School Board.”
He announced in February that he was leaving his Vermont Electric Co-op position. Now he’s ready to rock and roll at the state capitol.
Despite his professional accomplishments, Christine considers himself a down-home country girl:
“For relaxation, Christine is happiest when floating on the reservoir in summer in her old tractor tire inner tube.”
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