Fishbowl DC reports that the eccentric candidate who had us all in stitches with his gubernatorial campaign last year — OK, mostly just his party's name, and his insistence on gloves — made the trip to the District to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference this week:
Jimmy "The Rent is 2 Damn High" McMillan is actually here at CPAC. Of course, he's not on the schedule of events. He's just some guy screaming in the lobby about lowering rent and saving Egypt (?) who happened to mount an absurd campaign for New York governor last year. Adding to the crazy: he wears gloves at all times and has possibly the most infamous facial hair in the country.
Before the rant began, D.C. Young Republicans Chairman Rich Counts, who has organized a boycott of AOL since its purchase of HuffPost, tried to ask what McMillan thought of the merger. He refused to answer, saying it wasn't an issue he cared about. "My concern is … " he started before trailing off and leading a chant about — what else? — rent being too damn high.
Counts is leading the boycott of AOL, saying his group doesn't think "someone like Arianna Huffington" should be in charge of a major mainstream news outlet.
Of course, there are other, far more politically significant things taking place at CPAC — namely, a straw poll of potential GOP presidential candidates for 2012. Not to mention, Ron Paul and Donald Trump are butting heads over whether the former could win the election. But we'll file McMillan under "Most Entertaining." Who knew that this eccentric former candidate viewed rent being too damn high as a conservative issue, by the way? Good luck with that one.
Read more at Fishbowl DC.
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