Last fall, Juli Briskman went viral for flipping off the Presidential motorcade as it left the Trump National Golf Club. Now, she’s running for local office in Northern Virginia, Huffington Post reports.
After her fifteen minutes of fame, Briskman was forced to resign from her job at government contracting firm Akima, which inspired her to run. She’s running against Suzanne Volpe, a Republican who currently occupies the Algonkian District Supervisor position in Loudoun County, Virginia. Briskman is running as a Democrat, in an effort to flip the board from red to blue.
“Today, I am filing my organizational papers in a bid for local office in Loudoun County, Va. Loudoun deserves transparency in government, fully funded schools, & smarter solutions to growth. It’s time for a change,” Briskman said, announcing her candidacy via Twitter. She has been involved in the Algonkian Running Club, as well as the local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. She was also part of Jennifer Wexton’s 2018 congressional campaign, according to NBC Washington.
I am running to serve as Supervisor for the Algonkian District where I have worked, volunteered, organized and raised my kids in public schools. I have launched my campaign on @Crowdpac because… if not now, when? Let's Do this! https://t.co/zeYn4QR1pR
— Juli Briskman (@julibriskman) September 12, 2018
“You might know me as the women who was fired for flipping off the Presidential motorcade,” her Crowdpac page reads. “That story has been told many times nationally and internationally. And while it may be the most public display of my political opinion and activism, I have been deeply involved in the Loudoun County community for nearly 20 years.”
As for regrets? Briskman said on Megyn Kelly Today that it “felt great” to flip off the motorcade. “I’ve gotten some feedback that folks say you should respect the president. Even if you don’t like what they’re doing, you shouldn’t show this sort of disdain. And I simply disagree, and I think the Constitution grants me that privilege,” she told the Washington Post, noting that she would probably do it again if the opportunity ever arose.
All across the country, women are following Briskman’s lead and giving the current administration the proverbial finger. According to a report from NPR, following the election, some 30,000 women reached out to Emily’s List, an advocacy group for abortion rights that recruits and trains female Democratic candidates to run for office. The women who reached out expressed interest in running for office in 2018, running in future elections, or working on a campaign.
“We’ve never seen anything like this. Ever seen anything like this,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock told NPR.
Briskman will get her shot in the 2019 election.
“Those who know me, know that I am not one to sit idle,” Briskman’s Crowdpac page continues. “Whether it’s standing up for a cause, such as our First Amendment rights to peacefully protest the policies of the Trump administration, or working to ensure our children and teachers are given every opportunity to succeed, I do not back down when I see something is not right.”
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