Delaware progressive Democrat Eric Morrison – a popular local drag queen known who performs as Anita Mann – has defeated incumbent State Rep. Earl Jaques (D) in the state’s primary election, garnering over 61% of the vote.
Morrison claimed 61.13% of the vote in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for House District 27, while, Jaques received just 38.87% of he vote.
WITH OVER 61% OF THE VOTE, WE WON!!! THANK YOU !! pic.twitter.com/ofDVM27HVK
— EricMorrison4the27th (@EricMorrison_DE) September 16, 2020
Jaques, who has sat in the Delaware House of Representatives since 2009, made headlines during the campaign when he launched an attack on his opponent for holding a drag show as a campaign fundraiser. When his bigoted remarks failed to land, he offered Jaques an apology.
“That is so far off-base for our district, it’s unbelievable,” Jaques told The News Journal in November 2019. “You wonder what the point is. You can have fundraisers, I don’t care about that. But dressing in drag? Really?”
“I’m not sure he represents the people who attend those places of religion. If he’s actually having a fundraiser in drag, I don’t think those churches would endorse that… I’m just saying it’s a little different, that’s for sure,” Jaques added.
Jaques quickly backtracked his attack after the newspaper printed the quote and local Democrats reacted with outrage.
“It is wrong to attempt to pass judgment or impose one person’s belief structure onto others,” Jaques said in a statement. “My job as a State Representative is to represent all constituents of the 27th District, regardless of gender, race, creed, orientation or identity, period.”
“However, unfortunately, this does not change the fact that Rep. Jaques voted against same-sex marriage in 2013, and refused to vote yes or no on banning the barbaric practice of conversion therapy for Delaware’s LGBT minors in 2013,” Morrison noted after the state representative apologized. “Those votes trouble me today and will always trouble me.”
I live in Delaware. Eric Morrison is known locally as Anita Mann and she’s fabulous! pic.twitter.com/IxjiH7K3Up
— PoliticalJunky (@luntphotog) September 16, 2020