April 15, 2006 - Posted at 12:12 p.m. CST
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri's first openly transgender
candidate is challenging House Majority Whip Roy Blunt in the
Republican congressional primary.
Thirty-seven-year-old Midge Potts describes herself as a fiscal
conservative, and a candidate for regular people -- who just
happens to have been born a man.
Potts, a Navy veteran, has dressed and lived as a woman for two
and a half years and has legally changed her name to Mitchell
Eugene Potts. But she has not had sex change surgery and says she
worries about its dangers.
She faces an uphill battle against Blunt, a five-term member of
Congress -- not only because he is an incumbent, observers say, but
because southwest Missouri is morally and socially conservative.