Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Transgender candidate Donna Milo only got 22% of the vote in her Republican primary for Florida's 20th congressional district yesterday, but it's considered a decent run.
Milo placed third in a three-way race, finishing behind winner Karen Harrington (40 percent) and runner-up Robert Lowry (38 percent). Milo received over 4,100 votes out of more than 18,400 cast.The district, which surrounds Ft. Lauderdale, is strongly Democratic. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a deputy Democratic whip, currently represents it.Born in Cuba by the name "Ed," Milo's family fled to Miami in 1964 and later moved to Ft. Lauderdale. Milo mentions nothing about her former gender on the bio page of her website.Interestingly enough, Milo is socially conservative. She's pro life according to her issues page, and she told blogger Mike Signorile in an interview that marriage is between "a man and a woman" and that "traditional families" should have priority over gay and lesbian couples when applying for adoption. Unsurprisingly for a Republican House candidate, Milo opposes cap-and-trade and calls for fewer government regulations on business and health care.