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Politics

Candidate answers the gender issue

By TIMES STAFF
Published August 14, 2007


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LARGO — However briefly, the firing of Susan Stanton as Largo's city manager has become a campaign issue.

Last week, Sen. John Edwards was asked about Susan Stanton at a Democratic presidential candidate's forum on gay and transgender issues.

With Stanton, 48, sitting in the audience in Los Angeles, a questioner told Edwards that Stanton was fired as Largo's city manager.

Edwards was then asked how he would react if a member of his staff told him he or she was transgendered.

"I would support them in every possible way including on a personal and emotional level, provide every bit of help and support that I possibly could in going through what they were going through," he said.

Despite Edwards' support, Stanton - a registered Republican - said she favors one of his rivals in the race for president.

Hillary Clinton, she said, "has such an assertive style, and I like her positions on many things."


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See Edwards' reply about Stanton.

[Last modified August 14, 2007, 07:25:00]


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