Is that a puppet, or is he just running for Duluth mayor?
DULUTH There will be a rally Tuesday for perhaps Duluth's most unusual mayoral "candidate" to date, a blue puppet named Mr. Nice. "We feel like we're being marginalized by the mainstream media and
DULUTH There will be a rally Tuesday for perhaps Duluth's most unusual mayoral "candidate" to date, a blue puppet named Mr. Nice.
"We feel like we're being marginalized by the mainstream media and political establishment," said one of Mr. Nice's assistants, Allen Richardson, who does not necessarily condone what Mr. Nice stands for.
Because Mr. Nice has been told he can't be on the ballot mainly because he's a piece of art, not a real person his supporters plan to come out in force Tuesday to rally on his behalf.
"We were told it would detract from the office," Mr. Nice said in a statement his press office put out.
But it's not just about how he looks.
"Mr. Nice's sensational proposals to legalize gangsterism in order to fund more police to keep our communities safer, and to sell fighter jet parts from the air base to Iran to offset the retiree healthcare crisis, have led to a vast centrist conspiracy which intends to keep the people's candidate off the ballot," according to a statement from Nice's press office.
This is why he plans to hold a rally led by "chubby white Lutherans" at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday at the fountain in Duluth's Civic Center.
Free "Mr. Nice For Mayor" T-shirts will be provided and protest signs will be available.
"The polls are showing this election is going to be decided by the arts community," Richardson said, which is why he thinks a living piece of artwork has a lot of potential at the polls.
If Tuesday's protestors don't shame the city into allowing Mr. Nice on the ballot, he'll take more extreme measures, Richardson warned.
"If he has to run a stealth campaign, then by jiminy, that's what he's going to do," Richardson said.
For more information on Mr. Nice, go to www.myspace.com/mrniceformayor .
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