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.