Oklahoma Bigot Sally Kern to Face Transgender Opponent This Fall

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Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern (R-Oklahoma City), who once called gays more dangerous to America than terrorists, will face a challenge from transgender attorney Brittany Novotny this fall. Novotny filed papers on Tuesday, Tulsa World reports:

"Novotny, 30, said the campaign is not about her gender identity.

'For six years, we've had someone who has not represented her district, has been ineffective on problems, and is bad for business,' she said.

Novotny said Kern is pushing her personal agenda instead of focusing on issues that are important to House District 84, and because of that, the state and Kern's Oklahoma City district have suffered.

'She focuses on things that aren't critical issues to the district, like education,' Novotny said, adding that that leaves many constituents feeling disconnected."

Kern has promised to focus on the issues:

"Kern, 63, said she does not plan to mention Novotny's gender identity in the campaign.

'There is so much we disagree on policywise that that is enough for us to debate on,' she said. Novotny said she wants people to understand that she is a heterosexual female who was raised as a male. She legally and surgically transitioned into a female three years ago.

Kern said Novotny's attacks on her about not paying enough attention to education are campaign rhetoric."

As a side note, Novotny was representing the late Keith Kimmel in his battle to win the right to put an Oklahoma license plate on his car that said "IM GAY".

Comments

  1. says

    Hurray for Novotny! It appears she’s taking the right tact by focusing on issues facing the district as opposed to some sort of non-related social issues that do nothing to uplift the people and resolve problems within that district. Stay focused, and maybe even try to draw Kern into her only fiery hell to speak out about your personally and you will be the victor! You go GURL!

  2. says

    we all KNOW that Kern’s team will START by trash-talking Novotny, and it will continue the entire election cycle. there is no way she will take the ‘high road’ and talk only about issues. She’s a bigot and bigots never take the high road. I wish Novotny the best of luck and hope she wins. She seems like a very bright young woman with a big future ahead of her.

  3. says

    I’d vote for Novotny, and will be glad to contribute to her campaign… but be realistic. It’s a very conservative seat in Oklahoma. No trans person is going to unseat Sally Kern. Idealism is sometimes not the best way to achieve one’s goals… and I thought unseating Mrs. Kern was one of our priorities?

  4. Scott Lumry says

    I had the immense pleasure of meeting Ms. Novotny at a political conference recently. She is smart, thoughtful, and an excellent choice to run against Sally “I forgot that gun was in my purse” Kern. And to Milkman, I do not believe it is impossible for a trans individual to unseat Kern. I grew up in one of the suburbs of OKC and there are individuals there who will vote on the issues that effect them. Education is one of those issues. Ms. Novotny will make this an issues oriented fight and Ms. Kern seems to have little concern about those issues that have really affected her constituents. I encourage you to donate and offer to do some phone work/ground work for her campaign. The LAST thing we need to do is throw up our arms and claim it’s over before it even starts.

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