The finger seen round the world. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty
Among the historic numbers of women running for office this year - at least 575 women are aiming for the House, Senate or governorships, with hundreds more in local races - now count Juli Briskman, the defiant Virginia cyclist who gained fame, and lost her job, when she flipped off the idiot pretender's motorcade last year. Briskman, a 51-year-old marketing executive and community volunteer who's also worked in public relations, announced she’s taking her first step into local politics by runningfor District supervisor in Loudoun County, where she raised her kids and her infamous middle finger against tyranny. On Wednesday, she launched her campaign on @Crowdpac.
Briskman, whose Twitter profile reads, "Resister. Flipper. Cyclist. Trail Runner" lost her government contracting job after photos of her spontaneous act of mutiny went viral, prompting both acclaim and the occasional charge she was a "nasty lefty woman." She sued and won a severance claim, but her wrongful termination lawsuit was dismissed.Now, she hopes to unseat the GOP incumbent as part of an effort to shift the county from red to blue, focusing on more school funding, responsible growth and increased transparency in local government. "I do not back down when I see something is not right,” she wrote on her campaign page. Besides, sweet Jesus look what's going on, and "if not now, when?"