When you think of the next President of The United States, I do not imagine that the name Jimmy McMillan automatically comes to mind. In fact, the name Jimmy McMillan may not ring a bell to you at all. However, if you pay attention to politics closely, you may recognize the slogan the ‘Rent is too damn high’. Yes, the man that made audiences giggle with his rant about the rent being too high in New York is officially running for President of The United States of America.
Let me introduce you to Mr. “Rent is too damn high” himself- Mr. Jimmy McMillan.
Military Career and Awards
United States Army
Vietnam War Veteran
Three Bronze Stars
R&B Recording Artist
Perennial Candidate (someone who frequently runs for public office with a record of success that is infrequent, if existent at all)
Founder of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party
Previously a member of the Democratic Party
Showed up at CPAC in February, stating he’ll run for President on the GOP Ticket
Past Political Candidacies
First ran for political office in 1993
Has run for political office at least six times, including the 1993 race
Was a candidate for New York Governor in 2010 and appeared on Hannity on the FoxNews evening line-up
Political Stunts or Political Campaign?
Jimmy McMillan seems to be willing to do whatever it takes to be heard when he is running for political office.
In the 1993 campaign for Mayor of New York he was tied to a tree and covered in gasoline. Also, in this campaign, he climbed the Brooklyn Bridge, refusing to get down unless TV stations gave him air-time. His “over-the-top” antics to be heard were not a success, as he was disqualified from official entry in the race for being 300 signatures short of the 7,500 necessary to be eligible in the general election.
In his 1994 campaign for New York governor Mr. McMillan walked from Brooklyn through upstate New York to Buffalo, spending his nights in homeless shelters rather than hotels. An injury in Rochester cut his campaign walk short, requiring him to take the bus back hom rather than returning on foot as he orginally planned. Upon his arrival at the state Democratic convention in Buffalo, Mr. McMillan was thrown out of the convention for disrupting incumbent governor Mario Cuomo’s speech.
It appears that Mr. McMillans candidacy in the 2012 Presidential race is not his first. The Federal Elections Commission records show Mr. McMillan ran for President in the 1996 election, though he did not get onto any primary ballots.
He was on the ballot in the 2000 election fo U.S. Senate in New York, but was removed before the election.
Political Party Games
In the 2010 Mr. McMillan filed to appear on the Democratic primary ballot and the Rent Is Too Damn High party line. It doesn’t appear as though he was too serious about being in the Democratic primary, as he put very little effort into the party petitions. He partnered with another candidate, Randy Credico, to obtain signtures to force a Democratic primary. However, Mr. McMillan failed to follow through with his end of the partnership, whereby leaving both candidates unable to pursue the actual election. Needless to say Mr. Credico was not happy and had a few harsh comments and personal derogatory terms concerning Mr. McMillan.
Self-Proclaimed Political Strengths
James “Jimmy” McMillan seems to be yet another person making a mockery of our political process. It is his Constitutional right to run for any political office he qualifies for- including President of The United States of America. However, it is hard to take anyone seriously who has pulled so many “political stunts” over the years just to be noticed.
Though Mr. McMillan is a registered Democrat, running for office on the Republican ticket, he does not seem to fit the bill for either ideaology. Perhaps this is why he chose to to start the Rent Is Too Damn High Party. It has been said that though he wants to be a “spokesman for the poor”, he seems to be more “Republican” in his solutions. With my dissatisfication with the Republican Party that does not garnish any points for Mr. McMillan with me.
He supports same-sex marriage and seems to be very comfortable making good-natured (not derrogatory) jokes about this issue.
Mr. McMillan is opposed to any budget cuts for education or senior citizens.
Official Campaign Site: Jimmy McMillan 2012 U.S. Presidential Candidate