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A nightmare of a reelection for Sally Kern
June 10, 2010 9:22 AM   Subscribe

You might remember the intolerant Oklahoma State Representative, Sally Kern, who claimed that homosexuals are a bigger threat to our nation than terrorists. Well, she’s up for reelection this year and what has to be one of her biggest nightmares is happening – she is being challenged for her seat by a transgendered person.

Brittany Novotny, a local attorney in Oklahoma City, is running for the State Rep seat in House District 84 against Kern, on the Democratic ticket. For her part, Kern 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,".
posted by thatothrgirl (65 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
Excellent! Go Brittany!
posted by jiawen at 9:27 AM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh Christ, I just love this so much!
posted by Danf at 9:30 AM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


I hope Brittany gives her the spanking of a lifetime.
And I do mean that literally.
posted by pomegranate at 9:30 AM on June 10, 2010 [6 favorites]


Donation page for Ms. Novotny's campaign
posted by zarq at 9:32 AM on June 10, 2010 [6 favorites]


I can't help but wonder what Teh Gay 9/11 looks like in the fever swamp of her paranoid imagination.
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:34 AM on June 10, 2010 [5 favorites]


For her part, Kern said “she does not plan to mention Novotny's gender identity in the campaign.

She wouldn't dare, for fear that anything she might say would backfire on her. But I bet she will spend her whole campaign using carefully coded language and phrases against gays, lesbians and transgendered folks, as well as actively campaigning against gay rights.
posted by zarq at 9:34 AM on June 10, 2010 [11 favorites]


Oklahoma's politicians are making it super scary place to be.

I recently read that a OK state law was passed stating that if a OBGYN thinks a pregnant mother will have an abortion because they find specific birth defects in fetuses, the doctor doesn't have to disclose the medical findings to the mother. He can legally lie to the her about the health of her child and be free of any legal wrongdoing charges. (I was looking for the link but couldn't find it.)

I personally hope that all politicians in OK keep getting nuttier and nuttier. They are actually making Texas look like a tolerant, sane alternative.
posted by From the Fortress at 9:36 AM on June 10, 2010 [6 favorites]


Thanks for posting the donation link, zarq.
posted by thatothrgirl at 9:36 AM on June 10, 2010


he is being challenged for her seat by a transgendered person...

...who she was caught having sex with on a weekend getaway in the Dominican Republic!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:37 AM on June 10, 2010


THIS JUST IN: THE 21st CENTURY IS FUELED BY IRONY!
posted by The Whelk at 9:37 AM on June 10, 2010 [14 favorites]


Why would running against a transgendered person in Oklahoma be her worst nightmare? Sounds like a dream for her.
posted by DU at 9:40 AM on June 10, 2010 [5 favorites]


I personally hope that all politicians in OK keep getting nuttier and nuttier. They are actually making Texas look like a tolerant, sane alternative.

Now you know why Canadians are so smug.
posted by orange swan at 9:41 AM on June 10, 2010 [16 favorites]


It will only be a nightmare if she loses. If she wins, it will only help her insane, bigoted ego.

God I hope she loses.
posted by ORthey at 9:42 AM on June 10, 2010


From the fortress, here's a NYT link on that law.
posted by peep at 9:42 AM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


I personally hope that all politicians in OK keep getting nuttier and nuttier. They are actually making Texas look like a tolerant, sane alternative.

Heh. I'm from Texas, but now living in Arizona, and this is the exact same thought process I have.
posted by Saxon Kane at 9:43 AM on June 10, 2010


Here's one in Cambridge pullin for ya Novotny! Send that woman back under the rock she crawled out from.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 9:43 AM on June 10, 2010


I realize that its part of the whole coded language/LOOK A QUEER thing, but is it really smart to label your non-incumbent 2010 election opponent an outsider?
posted by Chipmazing at 9:47 AM on June 10, 2010


Thanks for posting the donation link, zarq.

You're welcome!
posted by zarq at 9:48 AM on June 10, 2010


For contrast, there's a transgendered woman running for a congressional seat down in Florida. Donna Milo is challenging U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Milo is running as a republican, and is against many GLBT rights, including gay marriage - while she remains married to her wife from before her transition.

All I can say to that? People are weird.
posted by evilangela at 9:49 AM on June 10, 2010 [6 favorites]


All I can say to that? People are weird Fuck you got mine.
posted by inigo2 at 9:52 AM on June 10, 2010 [24 favorites]


> I personally hope that all politicians in OK keep getting nuttier and nuttier. They are actually making Texas look like a tolerant, sane alternative.

That sentence seems to pop up a lot on MetaFilter, with ___________ and ____________ substituted for "OK" and "Texas."
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:53 AM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


So, a donation link for a state congressional link for a candidate whom the only thing we know about is that she is transgendered? So now we are reverse-carpetbagging (of course if you LIVE in OK, disregard) based solely on the gender identity of a candidate?
posted by spicynuts at 10:01 AM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


spicynuts: do you have the Google on your internets? How about curiosity and free will? I have all 3 and they're pretty good :p
posted by jtron at 10:05 AM on June 10, 2010


and btw, hooray for a progressive society where us different folks can be open about ourselves! even in the popularity contest that is politics!
posted by Throbsicle at 10:06 AM on June 10, 2010


From the Fortress and Peep - thanks for sharing. I missed the vote down of the veto. Ugh.

I feel for the women of Oklahoma who don't have resources to cross state lines, or to access doctors who approach these things pragmatically.
posted by sadiehawkinstein at 10:06 AM on June 10, 2010


This is in Oklahoma, yes? I don't think this is Sally Kern's worst nightmare from a campaign perspective; on the contrary, she probably feels like she has a lock on winning now. Also, I'd assume you can count on ads running that point out Brittany's transgendered status in a positive light, in order to make sure every single voter knows about it, but those ads won't be easily connected to Sally Kern's campaign. Thus, it will become an issue just because people are threatened by things they don't understand, and even if Brittany ignores the ads, the reporters will demand some kind of a response and make it an issue whether they get one or not.
posted by davejay at 10:08 AM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


So now we are reverse-carpetbagging (of course if you LIVE in OK, disregard) based solely on the gender identity of a candidate?

Or possibly to defeat someone who has declared that homosexuals are more of a threat to national security than terrorists. I'd contribute to defeat that person regardless of the gender of her opponent.
posted by hippybear at 10:09 AM on June 10, 2010 [4 favorites]


I recently read that a OK state law was passed stating that if a OBGYN thinks a pregnant mother will have an abortion because they find specific birth defects in fetuses, the doctor doesn't have to disclose the medical findings to the mother. He can legally lie to the her about the health of her child and be free of any legal wrongdoing charges.

If this is true -- and if you find that link I'd love to see it -- I need to stab somebody in the neck.
posted by davejay at 10:09 AM on June 10, 2010


It's probably based more on the offensive positions of the candidates opponent.
posted by oddman at 10:11 AM on June 10, 2010


davejay: previously on metafilter.
posted by rtha at 10:15 AM on June 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


It's probably based more on the offensive positions of the candidates opponent.

YOU LIE!!
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:18 AM on June 10, 2010


Does this Novotny person has a snowball in hell's chance of winning? Why in the world would you describe this as anything but Kern's dream come true?
posted by ethnomethodologist at 10:18 AM on June 10, 2010


homosexuals are a bigger threat to our nation than terrorists.

People who mind their own business = bigger threat than people with bombs?

Let me guess, she supports our two wars as well?
posted by yeloson at 10:19 AM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


DONATION TARGET: ACQUIRED.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 10:22 AM on June 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


"Oklahoma, Oklahoma", there I said it twice.
posted by Increase at 10:22 AM on June 10, 2010


Milo is running as a republican, and is against many GLBT rights, including gay marriage - while she remains married to her wife from before her transition.

All I can say to that? People are weird.


When Milo told her future wife: "I'm a lesbian trapped in a man's body", she never imagined it wasn't just a lame pickup line.
posted by Skeptic at 10:24 AM on June 10, 2010


So, a donation link for a state congressional link for a candidate whom the only thing we know about is that she is transgendered? So now we are reverse-carpetbagging (of course if you LIVE in OK, disregard) based solely on the gender identity of a candidate?

In this case, the devil we do know is so blatantly, shit-wallowingly horrible, there's a 99.999% chance the devil we don't know will be a huge fucking improvement.
posted by Atom Eyes at 10:25 AM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


She's not intolerant. She's just differently tolerant.
posted by The Card Cheat at 10:30 AM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


So, a donation link for a state congressional link for a candidate whom the only thing we know about is that she is transgendered? So now we are reverse-carpetbagging (of course if you LIVE in OK, disregard) based solely on the gender identity of a candidate?

I read the FPP before posting my comment. That's how I knew more about Ms. Novotny than her gender identity. I assume that anyone who is interested in donating to her campaign would do the same.

So in addition to the articles, the FPP includes a link to her website, which I reviewed before commenting. Here's her bio, located on that site. Here's a link to her platform, based on three issues which are obviously relevant to Oklahomans: "Helping small businesses create JOBS for the state, improving EDUCATION, and investing in TRANSPORTATION infrastructure that is the key to commerce!"

Her opponent is in favor of hate speech. If I lived in OK, that would be enough of a reason for me to vote against her. For a little balance, here's her issues page, too. What a shame that her own words and website don't disprove her reputation for intolerance.
posted by zarq at 10:34 AM on June 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


Or possibly to defeat someone who has declared that homosexuals are more of a threat to national security than terrorists. I'd contribute to defeat that person regardless of the gender of her opponent.

This is a STATE congressional race, right? Not U.S. Congress? Am I reading this wrong? If it was a U.S. Congressional race I would agree with you. This is a state race. I'd be just as pissed with some fundamentalist shit bag running a donation campaign for a NY State Assembly race. State's rights. Whoever holds this seat in OK, they are not going to make national policy.
posted by spicynuts at 10:37 AM on June 10, 2010


Only the endorsement of a prominent Christian like George Rekers, who understands the insidious nature of the Homosexual Menace, can save her now.
posted by benzenedream at 10:37 AM on June 10, 2010


Whoops...above should be i'd be just as pissed with some OK fundamentalist shit bag running a donation campaign for a NY State Assembly race.
posted by spicynuts at 10:38 AM on June 10, 2010


I realize that its part of the whole coded language/LOOK A QUEER thing, but is it really smart to label your non-incumbent 2010 election opponent an outsider?

Here in Oklahoma, yes, because "outsiders" are the threat, as right wing incumbents currently control our state legislature (hence the draconian restrictions on abortion currently being challenged). It's also code for "opposed to Christian family values."

Exhibit A: Opinion by voter in support of Sally Kern:

I can tell you that she is not an embarrassment to me as an American and an Oklahoman. She is certainly not an embarrassment to God. Further, I hope that on this side of life you have a change of mind concerning the Christ. Without a change of mind, you will find yourself greatly embarrassed when you take your final breath and come face-to-face with the king of the Universe and his son, Christ Jesus.
posted by Dr. Zira at 10:41 AM on June 10, 2010


Whoever holds this seat in OK, they are not going to make national policy.

No, she won't. But she can sure fuck over people from other states who drive through Oklahoma.

She will be able to help pass anti-terrorist legislation which will affect both OK residents and non-residents within her state's borders.

See: The Ohio Patriot Act:
Among its more controversial effects, this bill gives law enforcement officials authority to deny entry to individuals entering "transportation infrastructure" who will not provide identification when there is determined to be a security threat and officials are requiring identification from all individuals entering. The bill also gives law enforcement officials authority to demand the name, address and date of birth of any individual who is "reasonably suspected" of having committed or was witness to a felony. Failure to provide this information would be a misdemeanor under section 2921.29[1]. Section 2909.32 would allow state agencies that issue licenses to require applicants to sign a declaration indicating that they have never provided material assistance to terrorist organizations. The provision would not apply to driving, hunting, fishing or other routine licenses but to licenses dealing with check cashiers, aircraft registration, emergency response personnel, food inspection, public water systems, charitable solicitations and the handling of hazardous materials.
posted by zarq at 10:43 AM on June 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


She deserves to be beaten in the election for being a homophobe. She deserves to be beaten for being a loon.

Perhaps more importantly for what one presumes are the right of center folk these comments were dog whistling to, she deserves to be beaten for not having a clue about national security. In Oklahoma of all places.
posted by MuffinMan at 10:45 AM on June 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is a state race. I'd be just as pissed with some fundamentalist shit bag running a donation campaign for a NY State Assembly race. State's rights. Whoever holds this seat in OK, they are not going to make national policy.

As an Okie, I hereby give up my state's right to enact discriminatory hate legislation. Seriously, it's cool. Don't mind a bit.
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:54 AM on June 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


Interesting to note that she was not a resident of Oklahoma on the day of the Oklahoma City bombing. I would think native residents have a different perspective on the danger of terrorists compared to, well, just about anybody.
posted by spaltavian at 11:14 AM on June 10, 2010


No, she won't. But she can sure fuck over people from other states who drive through Oklahoma.


Jesus, people...then that should be taken up by the Federal government. We have a process here ya know.
posted by spicynuts at 11:18 AM on June 10, 2010


The fact that Novotny committed to something and followed through should speak in her favor.
posted by frecklefaerie at 11:42 AM on June 10, 2010


Jesus, people...then that should be taken up by the Federal government. We have a process here ya know.

We most certainly do not.

Antiterrorism legislation at the state and federal level usually includes provisions that allows a government official to set aside legal restrictions for the greater good. Hence the uproar over warrantless searches and warrantless surveillance.

Therefore, antiterrorism legislation specifically bypasses the process, and does so legally.
posted by zarq at 11:43 AM on June 10, 2010


I personally hope that all politicians in OK keep getting nuttier and nuttier. They are actually making Texas look like a tolerant, sane alternative.

As any true Okie knows, it ain't worth doing if you can't do it better than Texas can.
posted by dw at 11:58 AM on June 10, 2010


We have a process here ya know.

spicynuts, let me introduce you to the commerce clause. Free speech rights don't end at the state border, you know?
posted by anotherpanacea at 12:04 PM on June 10, 2010


Whoever holds this seat in OK, they are not going to make national policy.

True, but I believe that the more diverse candidates (GLBT, ethnic minority, atheist, what have you) that we have at the state level, the better. If it happens there, it's more likely to eventually happen at the national level.
posted by dlugoczaj at 12:28 PM on June 10, 2010


Oklahoma seems a funny place for people to be intolerant of gays, seeing as how they're all singing and dancing through their crops all the time.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 12:34 PM on June 10, 2010 [4 favorites]


Thanks for the link, rtha. I guess I have some stabbing to do.
posted by davejay at 12:36 PM on June 10, 2010


I was born and raised in Oklahoma, and lived there until I moved to Austin in '96. Since then, I've been watching with dismay at some of the news coming out of the state. Seeing something like this happen is great, and I'm going to donate some dough.

I knew I wasn't in Kansas anymore, so to speak, when I went to breakfast with two carloads of friends, everyone in "full Goth" clothing and makeup, etc. The waitress (who was covered in tattoos) didn't bat an eye. In Oklahoma, that would have resulted in "you freaks get out of my restaraunt". I thought, "I have to live in this wonderful town."
posted by mrbill at 12:55 PM on June 10, 2010


As a resident, the thing that gives me the collywobbles is that Governor Brad Henry (D) will be stepping down this year. Since April:

- Vetoed HB 2780, would require women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of it before they could obtain an abortion. (overridden)

- Vetoed HB 2656, would require pregnant women and their families from seeking legal damages if physicians knowingly or negligently withheld important information or provided inaccurate information to them about their pregnancy. (overridden)

- Vetoed SB 1685, would require that no firearms or ammunition manufactured in Oklahoma and remaining in the state would be subject to any federal regulations, including federal registration requirements.

- Vetoed HJR 1054, would require that no resident may be required to buy health insurance or be fined for failing to do so; would have authorized GOP legislative leaders to hire an attorney to sue Congress and President Obama to prevent the new health care law from taking effect.

- Vetoed HB 3284, would require women to answer a detailed questionnaire before having an abortion, and to have their answers posted to a state web site.

Keep in mind, the gov. himself is a rightist, blue-dog, anti-abortion Dixiecrat - it's just that for the last couple of years, his job description has basically been "keep the state from being sued into the ground". Rasmussen gives it 51%/36% he'll be replaced by a Republican in the fall.

Go Novotny, though.
posted by ormondsacker at 2:12 PM on June 10, 2010


Goddamn! Not to get too far off topic, but this Donna Milo character is a nutter. She doesn't mention once on her 'meet me' page that her spouse is also a woman. She deserves an FPP of her own.
posted by msali at 2:54 PM on June 10, 2010


I'd be just as pissed with some fundamentalist shit bag running a donation campaign for a NY State Assembly race. State's rights

Since when did "states rights" mean you can't be involved in the politics of another state? I dont think thats ever been a thing here. You're free to donate to any race you want, regardless of where it is.

Maybe the states have the ability to not allow this, I don't know (given the Supreme Court's removal of so many campaign finance restrictions, probably not, and it would quite argubaly be a block on interstate commerce and thus outside the state's ability to regulate).

In short, I don't think that phrase means what you think it does. States have the ability to be free of interference in some issues from the federal government. It has absolutely nothing to do, in spirit or in practice, with individuals outside the state.
posted by wildcrdj at 3:44 PM on June 10, 2010


wildcrdj beat me to it, above, but -- while I appreciate the underlying constitutional language and likely argument in its defense -- I shudder at equating the democratic process with commerce. Naive little me, I know.
posted by joe lisboa at 3:56 PM on June 10, 2010


Why would running against a transgendered person in Oklahoma be her worst nightmare? Sounds like a dream for her.

Exactly. In the Culture Wars, this bypasses all the coding and dog-whistling you need to do and gets right to the heart of the Fear of the Other.

Before, see, she would have had to convince voters that a truck-drivin', turkey-huntin', beer-drinkin' Democrat was a transvestite transsexual (from Transylvania).
posted by dhartung at 8:01 PM on June 10, 2010


- Vetoed HB 3284, would require women to answer a detailed questionnaire before having an abortion, and to have their answers posted to a state web site.

IANAL, but isn't that blatantly illegal anyway, since it violates HIPAA?
posted by krinklyfig at 10:50 PM on June 10, 2010


I would think it would only violate HIPA if there were identifying information.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:47 AM on June 11, 2010


Got a signed thank-you-for-the-donation card from Novotny today. Made my morning.
posted by mrbill at 3:53 AM on June 19, 2010


Me, too! She spelled my name wrong, though, using the feminine form "Jessie" instead of "Jesse."

HEY WAIT
posted by jtron at 4:06 PM on June 19, 2010


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