A Transsexual Satanist Metalhead Won a Republican Election in New Hampshire
Aria DiMezzo, a transsexual, anarchist Satanist who calls herself “The Anarchist Shemale,” has won the GOP nomination for county sheriff in Cheshire County, New Hampshire. Her campaign motto was “F*** the Police,” yet she somehow got 4,211 registered Republican residents to vote for her anyway, securing the party’s nomination for the upcoming general election.
How’d she do it? As a way of sticking a giant middle finger in the air towards our partisan political system, DiMezzo, who is 32 years old and originally from Mississippi, ran as a libertarian on the GOP ticket… unopposed. Still, she views the fact that she was able to collect more than 4,000 votes in spite of her views running completely contrary to the party’s as a massive success.
DiMezzo, as you might expect from someone who identifies as a Satanist, is also a metalhead. Her band, FUD, covered Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” at a recent concert, and she recently dubbed Trivium’s “The Heart from Your Hate” as her official campaign song.
In a blog post on her official website posted on September 11, three days after her primary win, DiMezzo explained that she ran to demonstrate how “clueless the average voter is” and to prove that “the system is utterly and hopelessly broken,” a premise undoubtedly proven by her victory. She explained:
The fact is that you didn’t bother [to do any research on who you were voting for]. You trusted the system. You trusted the establishment. You trusted the party. You felt safe. You were sure that there must be some mechanisms in place to prevent from occurring exactly what just occurred. Your anger is misplaced if you direct it at me. Please listen. Your anger is with the system that has lied to you. Your anger is with the system that convinced you to believe in it, trust in it, and have faith in it, when it is completely and utterly broken.
“More than 4,000 people went into the voting booth on September 8 this week, and they all filled in the circle by my name despite knowing absolutely nothing about the person they were nominating to the most powerful law enforcement position in the county. That’s a level of recklessness of which any decent human being should be ashamed.”
Elsewhere in the blog post, DiMezzo praised one man in the town of Rindge who bothered to research her platform, then attempted to spread the word and organize a write-in campaign to prevent her from being elected. “The good man in Rindge who looked into me found out everything he needed to know with a simple Google search,” DiMezzo stated. But it was too little, too late. DiMezzo also lamented that she was so easily able to pull off her stunt amongst registered primary voters in a local election, in which those who trudge out to vote are typically more politically engaged and involved.
DiMezzo says she fully plans on running against incumbent sheriff Eli Rivera, who has held the position since 2013 and will be running for his third term, in the general election on November 3:
“I’m running for sheriff because I oppose that very system, and the sheriff has the most hands-on ability in Cheshire County to oppose that system. The system that let you down by allowing me–the freaking transsexual Satanist anarchist–be your sheriff candidate is the same system I’m attacking. I’m sorry, and I know it hurts to hear, but that system is a lie. The entire thing is a lie. It’s broken from beginning to end, and my existence as your sheriff candidate is merely how this reality was thrown into your face.”
Score one for trans rights. Score one for fuck the police. Score one for metal. Congrats, Aria! We at MetalSucks support you in the general… holler if you need anything.
[via Upworthy. Thanks, Sivan!]