If you find yourself wandering the streets of New York City in the coming weeks, you might just run into Glen Pannell, a gay man who bears a striking resemblance to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence and who’s using this likeness to raise money for liberal causes.
Decked out in a form-fitting suit jacket and blue short shorts, Pannell whips out the character of Mike Hot-Pence to solicit donations for organizations such as Planned Parenthood, the Natural Resources Defense Council and The Trevor Project.
Pannell says he first came up with the idea for the persona this past Halloween when a friend mentioned how much he looked like the former Indiana governor.
“A friend suggested I dress as Mike Pence for Halloween, but a straightforward Pence costume seemed a little lazy,” he explained in a recent interview. “I was also concerned that people might take it as an endorsement of the Trump-Pence ticket.”
To avoid any confusion, Pannell ditched the khakis for short shorts and Mike Hot-Pence was born.
Though Halloween was the first time he’d ever dressed up like the VP, Pannell says he’s been following his doppelganger’s politics for years.
“He was on my radar before the election not because he looked like me but because of his record,” he remarked. “I have family in Indiana and knew about the ‘religious freedom’ bill. As a gay man I stood up and took notice.”
After the election, Pannell decided to take his costume to the streets to raise money for organizations that would greatly need it in the coming years.
And if he ever meets Pence in person, he knows exactly what he’d say.
“I’d tell him, ‘If you could walk a mile in my short shorts, you would meet so many people who are afraid and unsure about the next four years,'” he said. “’You say you love this country, you say you have great faith in the American people. If that’s true, I’d say put your policy where your mouth is.’”
Follow Mike Hot-Pence’s adventures on Twitter, here.