That's Amy. The platform for her 2016 run for mayor is "Puppies. Beer. Happiness. Sex. Rainbows."
Shit. I'd vote for that.
But as I noted in my reply, Portland has a tradition of this sort of thing. We actually elected a guy, Bud Clark, who was known to burst out with "Whoop! Whoop!" on occasion and is perhaps most famous for exposing himself to art.
And I continued to say,
"One year we had a clown. Not a "clown" like Willard Romney but an ACTUAL clown, some juggalo who went by "Mister Jiggles" or something like that. It says something for the state of our democracy that the bozo got something like 400 votes... At least Amy seems funny and cute."And then, being me, I had to actually go and find this mook. God Save the Internet; here's his website. It's still there, in all its carnival...ummm...glory.
Turns out the guy went by "Extremo the Clown". Ran a joke candidacy.
I'm not really sure what the hell to think about that.
On the one hand, it's one thing I love about Portland; man, we are fuckin' whack. We love to poke fun at everything, including ourselves.
But on the other hand, here are more than 1,000 people who thought so little of the actual value of electing one person or another - who felt that the difference between the frontrunners made so LITTLE difference - that they effectively pissed their votes away on a ridiculous jape.
And 600+ votes for Jim Spagg?
So. Are we a great city, or what?
Frankly, the whole Extremo business has me wondering.