Rachele Mussolini, the granddaughter of Italy’s ruler Benito Mussolini, has won Rome’s municipal election for a second term as a city councillor, The Guardian said.
The 47-year-old Mussolini will continue to hold the position of a Rome councillor. On Wednesday, the electoral commission has confirmed that Rachele Mussolini received over 8,200 votes in the October 3-4 municipal election.
The right-wing granddaughter of the Italian dictator got more voices than any other candidate. Moreover, she won far more votes than the 657 she had received in the previous ballot in 2016.
Mussolini said she wanted nothing to do with the “burden” of her family name, adding that she had “many left-wing friends.”
“In the past, I got interviewed only because of my family name. During my last term, they started asking about the initiatives I promoted on the city council. I’ve worked hard,” Mussolini told La Repubblica newspaper.
Rachele also added that her surname made a lot of trouble during her life. “At school, they used to point at me, but then Rachele emerged and the person (that I am) prevailed over the surname, however burdensome that name is,” Mussolini confessed.
She is the daughter of Romano Mussolini, he was the fourth and youngest son of Benito Mussolini. Romano was a jazz pianist, a painter who married Maria Scicolone, sister of Italian film star Sophia Loren.