ARTICLES BY Elizabeth Searle
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‘The Candidate’s Daughter’

Elizabeth Searle

02.19.09

Say your mother is running for Vice President of the United States and you are a pregnant teenager, stuck on the campaign bus tending to your mother’s latest baby and brooding about your hockey-player boyfriend.  In real life, you might feel totally trapped, but in Elizabeth Searle’s fictional version, the candidate’s daughter decides someone in her life needs a plan besides ‘Mommy and God.’ The trick is how ‘Cristal’ can give mother and the national press corps ‘the slip’ and start building her own power base.  So dial back into election mode, and remember that any resemblance to actual individuals, living or dead, is purely – or maybe not so purely – coincidental. Art by Danny Jock.