Not just a mamma: Pregnant politician announces mayor bid, cites Rome’s symbol

Giorgia Meloni, recalled during her chaotic campaign announcement on Wednesday that the symbol of Rome itself is the Capitoline Wolf, a she-wolf nursing twins.

By: AP | Rome | Published:March 17, 2016 1:01 pm
Giorgia Meloni, Pregnant mayor candidate, Rome mayor candidate, Rome Pregnant candidate, Women empowerment, Rome mayor elections, Rome mayor polls, Capitoline wolf, Italy news, Europe news Giorgia Meloni makes the victory sign as she meets reporters in Rome’s Pantheon Square, Wednesday. (AP Photo)

A pregnant Italian politician has announced her candidacy to become Rome’s next mayor, denouncing the men who said she should stay home and be a “mamma” and vowing to beat them at the polls.

Giorgia Meloni, a former protege of Silvio Berlusconi, recalled during her chaotic campaign announcement on Wednesday that the symbol of Rome itself is a she-wolf nursing twins.

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In recent days, both Berlusconi and his candidate for mayor, Guido Bertolaso, have said Meloni should concentrate on being a mother and not join the race.

Meloni, who headed Berlusconi’s youth movement but split with him, said she would have preferred to have enjoyed her pregnancy without campaigning: “But what I strongly believe is that no man can tell a woman what she can and cannot do during her pregnancy.”

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