Pig to run for Mayoral Office in Michigan?
A Michigan lawyer wants his pig to enter into the Flint mayoral race after a mix-up threatened to keep candidates' names off the primary election ballot.
Fox news reported that State election officials have said that Flint’s clerk accidentally told candidates that nominating petitions were due by April 28, but candidates were later told they missed the actual deadline by a week. State law does not permit a clerk to extend a deadline.
In order to fix the mess, a judge would have to intervene and all candidates would have to file as write-ins for the general election in November, The Flint Journal reported.
After hearing of the mix-up, lawyer Michael Ewing started the "Giggles the Pig for Flint Mayor," to draw more attention to the mayoral race, and encourage residents to demand more of their elected officials. He plans to take Giggles to meet the residents of Flint.
"I don't want to turn it into a laughingstock," Ewing said. "I don't know how else to get people to pay attention."
Michael Ewing wrote on Giggles' Facebook page, "I hope that you will vote for her as a mayoral candidate who has never murdered a human. She has never placed citizens in harm by driving drunk on the highway, and has never interrupted public business and public meetings. She is a sweet and intelligent animal - which is more than can be said for some candidates."
Some candidates are outraged...
Wantwaz Davis, an opponent of Giggles who was once convicted for murder, wrote on the pig's Facebook page threatening to eat her for dinner after he wins. "...I honestly laughed at your remarks, however, I will be the next mayor of Flint, Michigan and will feast off of your pig at my victory party, you can get in for free, VIP on me."
As part of Giggles' campaign she is selling "Giggles the pig" campaign T-shirts as a fundraiser, but instead of using the money towards advertising, she is donating the money to "two local families devastated by unexpected medical expenses."
If Giggles wins she will also be the first female mayor to hold office in Flint.