EXCLUSIVE: Wyatt, Who Wants to Be First Transgender Gov, to Malloy: “Do Not Run Again”March 8, 2017
Jacey Wyatt, a transgender woman in tourism development, is running to replace Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) in 2018.
Jacey Wyatt is in tourism development. She wants to be Connecticut’s next governor. She thinks Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) is “not working” for the state.
Wyatt speaks some of the language of the Republican candidates for governor in 2018, except for one thing: she is running as a Democrat.
If elected, Wyatt will also represent a historic first for the nation: she would be America’s first transgender governor.
Wyatt talked to Reclaim Connecticut about Malloy, her ideas for the state, and the historic nature of her candidacy on Wednesday.
She offered some advice to Malloy, the unpopular governor of Connecticut: “whatever you have been doing, it’s not working.”
Wyatt suggested that people feel “disconnected” in the state, and believes that something went wrong when Malloy went from running the city of Stamford to running the state.
“My advice to Malloy is: this is your last years,” Wyatt said. “Do not run again, is my advice.”
Wyatt said the business climate in Connecticut has become “so difficult,” and echoed President Donald Trump’s appeal to voters in noting she’s “not a politician.” Though she’s running as a Democrat, Wyatt said she’s “a little happy about how the [presidential] race came out.”
But Wyatt’s not happy about the direction of the state. “I hear you’re struggling in this situation,” Wyatt said, addressing voters. “I want to work and make sure people realize … nothing’s gonna change me when I get there.”
Wyatt said she’ll work with Democrats and Republicans if elected, and that she has approaches that are “a little bit Democrat, a little bit unaffilated, a little bit Republican.”
“I’m friendly with all three groups,” Wyatt said, adding she’ll look at elements of both the Democratic and Republican platforms if she takes the governor’s mansion.
When asked about her potential to make history if elected, Wyatt sounded enthusiastic. “A great power behind the campaign,” she said, “is making history together.”
Wyatt stressed she wants a state that is “friendly” and “fair,” and noted that while “my past may be different from many others … I’m not much different from everyone else.”
Wyatt noted she’ll have a Facebook page for her candidacy soon, as well as a website, GovernorWyatt.com.
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