Loser Sues Winner for Falsifying Sex

Defeated Georgia challenger says 'transgender' incumbent defrauded voters
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2007 6:21 PM CST
Loser Sues Winner for Falsifying Sex
In this image made from video, Riverdale, Ga., city council member Michelle Bruce speaks to a reporter outside her home on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007. Bruce, who describes herself as transgender, is being sued by political rivals who say she committed fraud when she ran for office as a woman. (AP Photo/Jason...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – A defeated city council candidate is accusing the victorious incumbent, Michelle Bruce, of deceiving voters by identifying herself as female. Plaintiff Georgia Fuller’s lawyers say voters in Riverdale, Georgia, tend to favor female candidates. “It gives her an unfair advantage, it’s not just sour grapes,” said the lawyer. “I’ve always been Michelle,” answers Bruce, who identifies herself as transgender.

Bruce, who ran uncontested in 2003, says, “Everybody in my district knows me.” The city attorney adds, “She has served as councilperson for four years as Michelle Bruce. It sounds like a case of politics.” Bruce won 312 votes to the second-place candidate’s 202, forcing a runoff. Fuller came in third with 171. (Read more transgender stories.)

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