A photo was recently posted to Twitter of a candidate for mayor in Portland, Oregon wearing a skirt designed with the faces of infamous Communist leaders Che Guevara, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong.
Sarah Iannarone is running against incumbent Ted Wheeler. While Mayor Wheeler won the May runoff primary election, Iannarone is currently polling at an 11-point lead.
The picture of Iannarone’s skirt was posted by journalist Andy Ngo and picked up by The Daily Caller.
In the same thread, Ngo called to attention Iannarone’s campaign manager, Gregory McKelvey, an open communist.
Portland has now seen over 120 days of riots as groups call for racial justice and a mass reformation in the nation’s law enforcement policies and practices. Mayor Wheeler is generally disliked by the right for being too far left, and disliked by the left for not being left enough.
Iannarone is a community organizer and proudly proclaims that she is “not a politician”. On her campaign website, she advocates for a Green New Deal, “the fundamental right” of every Portland resident to a home, “a renewed stay-at-home order” to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and for local businesses and the unemployed to be funded with “the waste of the Portland Police Bureau” budget.
In 2019, she proudly proclaimed on Twitter, “I am Antifa,” and she has embraced the label “Antifa Mayor.”
Iannarone has defended the skirt in question, telling the Washington Examiner that it was satire.
“The picture in question was taken with Reverend Billy, whose spectacle of the absurd is a treat whenever it comes to town. I dressed flamboyantly that day in a skirt that features pop art – art that is meant to satirize the subjects. While most Americans are focused on stopping COVID from taking our lives and jobs, some internet commentators are focused on how I dressed during a performance art appearance in 2016. I’m focused on winning a Green New Deal and Housing for All Portlanders, not on false controversy meant to distract from real issues.”