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Responding to Criticism, Rayford:  ‘I wear high heels everyday!”

Responding to Criticism, Rayford: ‘I wear high heels everyday!”

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PALESTINE, TX—Gary Rayford, the libertarian challenger for Anderson County Sheriff, was conspicuous by his absence at the annual ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ event.   The event, the sixth, requires male participants to literally walk a mile in high heels shoes to support women who are victims of violence.  Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor has participated every year; however, Rayford hasn’t before and didn’t this year.  Under pressure for answers, Rayford held a press conference to explain.

Rayford entered the room wearing a beautiful pair of red high heels and explained that he didn’t attend the event because, as a cross dresser, he has worn high heels every day since he was 16 years old.

“Every day of my adult life, every single day, I have worn high heel shoes,” Rayford said.  “You could say, I’ve walked a thousand miles in her shoes–my shoes,” a crying Rayford said.

“When I heard that people were questioning my passion in opposing violence against women because I didn’t attend this event, I cried for days,” Rayford said as he wiped mascara from his face.  “It hurts you know, but I will survive just as the many women who are victims have survived.”

Despite Rayford’s claims that he has always worn high heels, The Dogwood Tale was unable to find anyone that had witnessed Rayford dressed as a woman before his announcement, but since the announcement, many residents have reported being stopped by a “very unattractive female officer in red high heels.”

Palestine Police Chief Mike Alexander was unable to be reached for comment; however, former Chief Robert Herbert said he “remembered one hottie that always wore high heels” but admitted, he couldn’t remember the officer’s name.

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  1. I am a rape survivor and i personally asked Officer Rayford to participate in the Walk A Mile, which he not only said yes, but informed me he had already signed up. He was also kind enough to let me know when he injured his knee and wouldn’t be able to walk, but he still came to the event to show his support for me and all victims of sexual violence. Thank you Officer Gary Rayford for your support, professionalism and your genuine kindness you have shown to me and other survivors of rape and sexual violence. You are an exemplary example of the kind of individual Anderson County needs for Sheriff!

    1. I’m glad he wanted to attend. Once again, you completely missed the point of the article. Though we should probably have done one on Rayford being on light duty every two weeks. Thanks for the idea!

    2. You used an event, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, which was specifically created for men to raise awareness about sexual violence against women and then proceeded to add a candidate running for Sheriff to make a mockery of him and you think it’s “a joke”. I don’t think I missed your point!

      Rape is NEVER a joke! Period! Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is NOT a joke. Do you have any idea how much time is put into having victims feel comfortable enough to come forward and the amount of reassurance that is given to a victim telling them they won’t be made fun of, just to have you post an pathetic blog post and say to (not just anyone)but a rape survivor that she missed the point it was just a joke. You’re reading too much into it.

      You put it out there at the expense of all victims and no matter which way you try to spin it now, you were wrong in writing what you wrote. I know this first hand because I am one of the women these men were supporting, including Gary Rayford. I was the one who was held against my will and repeatedly raped at knifepoint until I was able to escape. I was the one who didn’t think she was going to live to see her five children again, and I am the one five years later still struggling with night terrors and panic attacks.

      Call it a joke or anything else you need to in order to justify it to yourself, but using The Walk a Mile event as you did is disgusting and cruel.

  2. By wearing high heels every day it would show I support these brave women who survived acts of sexual and physical violence on a daily basis, not just once a year.

    Making jokes or satires about this subject matter is beyond low however.

    1. I’m sorry you were a victim of family violence, but that isn’t what this article was about. It was a JOKE about politics and politicians doing anything to be elected. It was a joke about “Law enforcement, Not politics.” You’re of the Typical Palestine mindset that you don’t like it so it must go away.

  3. This is just taking it a bit … No .. Not a bit. This is taking it way too far! The writer of this so called ” article ” is tasteless & apparently has no morals whatsoever! Yes I understand it’s satire, but I find absolutely no humor in this. You don’t joke about something like this … I wonder who the writer is for this & I wonder why anyone would “like” this .. This is a sad world that we live in & to have people that actually think this is funny is beyond belief! .. Mr. Rayford , I wish you nothing but the best in this election & I hope that when you win , you use all the resources available to you to bring some dignity & morals back into our community!

    1. It’s not what I’d like, it’s what you suggested. Y’all are making more of this than it is. First, Rayford responded to a satirical article like it was real. Actually, there is no second, that’s like the main point.

  4. I am a rape survivor and i personally asked Officer Gary Rayford to participate in the Walk A Mile, which he not only said yes, but informed me he had already signed up. He was also kind enough to let me know when he injured his knee and wouldn’t be able to walk, but he still came to the event to show his support for me and all victims of sexual violence. Thank you Gary Rayford for your support, professionalism and your genuine kindness you have shown to me and other survivors of rape and sexual violence. You are an exemplary example of the kind of individual Anderson County needs for Sheriff!

    As to the folks who read this and think it’s funny, how would you feel if this was a cause close to your heart that someone was making a mockery out of for political gain?

    Obviously, this is only way some know how to run for election. Especially when their track record canNot speak for itself!

  5. This article has nothing to do with the other candidate. This satire blog roast plenty of people in office . It was not sanctioned, encouraged, or written by anyone associated with a political race. Don’t make it what it is not.
    Do not read into my statement to see any approval, defense, or finding humor in this particular ‘article’ either. I am just saying that only one person writes this blog, and it is not the present person in office, or anyone associated with this election….that is all.

  6. Your attempt at “Shock jock” journalism obviously has failed miserably. And quite offensive to victims of F/V, to say the least.

    Surely you have more important issues to look in to. Like the Chief of Police likely civil service violation in the hiring of his IA investigator.

    Or why officers fled working at the SO, and went to Crockett and many other agencies, so they didn’t have to work for the incompetent sheriff any longer.

    Or the Sheriff’s personal relationship with a hook and the trouble it recently caused him on the stand.

    And many other possible leads to track down, like guards writing blogs on duty, for example.

  7. And I certainly hope it’s not revealed that members at the SO and/or PD are victims of official oppression and retaliation by the sheriff or chief, due to an officers support of candidates in this election.

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