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Churchill: Is America ready for a gay president?

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16.04.2019

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ALBANY — It's easy to list reasons why Pete Buttigieg can't be president, by the traditional standards of the job.

At 37, he is young. He is the mayor of a city, South Bend, Ind., that is about the size of Albany. He would be the shortest president since Harry S. Truman. He is also gay.

Yet the untraditional parts of Buttigieg's biography have not stopped him from outshining and outpolling better-known candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential field, including upstate's Kirsten Gillibrand. For now, at least, Mayor Pete's star is shining bright.

Steve Napier is watching with understandable interest. At 35, Napier is one of three candidates in Cohoes running to unseat Shawn Morse in the upcoming Democratic primary — meaning that he hopes to become Mayor Steve. And like Mayor Pete, he is gay and married.

I had a question for Napier. Does he believe the country is ready for a gay president?

"I think America is ready," he said. "I think Cohoes is ready for it, too."

Like Buttigieg, Napier is matter-of-fact about his sexuality. It's an important part of who he is, but not the whole. It is not central to his campaign, but neither does he hesitate to discuss it.

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