What's a Republican got to do to get a nomination around here? Apparently you have got to take firm stand on the issue of... well... this:
I will make it a priority to ensure transgender individuals will not be allowed to change the sex on their driver's license in any circumstance.
That's Paul Scott, candidate for Secretary of State in Michigan. Trying to get the GOP nomination.
It apparently has come to this for Republicans.
The Lansing State Journal tells us more:
Republican Paul Scott is trying to make gender designation an issue in the race to replace term-limited Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land. The state representative from Grand Blanc says people who have undergone gender change operations shouldn't be able to change their licenses to reflect their new identities [...] Scott, a first-term lawmaker, doesn't consider raising the issue a political ploy. "My personal belief is you are who your DNA says you are, regardless of what surgical procedures you may have thereafter," he says.
In an interview with Michigan Messenger, Scott stated his position more bluntly:
It's a social values issue. If you are born a male, you should be known as a male. Same as with a female, she should be known as a female, he said.
When asked to explain how such a mandate from the Secretary of State would benefit Michigan, he said it was about "preventing people who are males genetically from dressing as a woman and going into female bathrooms.
Now there's a platform that'll get you noticed, right? Maybe it's a sneaky job-creation ploy where we will have people stationed outside every public bathroom testing the DNA of anyone who wishes to enter!
When you are a Republican trying to get noticed in the din of clanking tea cups these days, you do what you have to do. Even if it's full of crazy. The LSJ again:
Some are wondering why it's an issue at all. Gender change requests for driver's licenses are rare, and the secretary of state's office doesn't track them, says spokeswoman Kelly Chesney.
Well, tell that to your average Tea Partier, lady. Because Paul Scott has got to do something to get their attention. And that's just what he's going to do.
Cross-posted at Eclectablog.com.
Follow Chris Savage on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Eclectablog