Out Candidate Shamed for Drag Wins Delaware Primary

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday September 18, 2020

Eric Morrison and his drag persona, Anita Mann
Eric Morrison and his drag persona, Anita Mann  (Source:Eric Morrison / Facebook)

Out first-time political candidate Eric Morrison prevailed in the Delaware primary over a Democratic state lawmaker who had lambasted him for performing in drag, Newsweek reports.

The contest was not close, Newsweek noted, with Morrison taking more than 60% of the vote. Morrison himself took to Facebook to share the outcome, posting, "We won 9 out of 10 election districts (EDs) in the 27th District, losing the one district by less than 1%."

Morrison, 44, had performed as his drag persona Anita Mann at a fundraising event. Jacques, 72, had made an issue of this, telling local newspaper The News Journal that it was "off base" for Morrison to have done so, and adding: "You wonder what the point is. You can have fundraisers, I don't care about that. But dressing in drag? Really?"

Jacques went on to say: "I'm not sure he represents the people who attend those places of religion. If he's actually having a fundraiser in drag, I don't think those churches would endorse that."

Jacques later apologized, saying, "My job as a State Representative is to represent all constituents of the 27th District, regardless of gender, race, creed, orientation or identity, period."

But there were also other issues in play as voters went to the Delaware primaries on Sept. 15. UK newspaper The Independent recalled that Jacques had cast a vote against marriage equality in that state in 2013.

Moreover, The Independent reported, Jacques "also avoided voting to ban conversion therapy ban in Delaware."

Morrison referenced both of those items from Jacques' record, writing: "...I say that no real Democrat votes against a woman's right to choose, LGBT equality, banning the barbaric practice of LGBT 'conversion therapy,' environmental protections, and preserving vital programs for seniors."

The Independent reports that Morrison could now "become the first openly gay candidate elected to Delaware's General Assembly."

Morrison will go on to face a Republican opponent on Nov. 3.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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