Gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan: “the rent is too damn high”

New York /
Oct.October 19, 2010 03:45 PM

If you didn’t watch the New York gubernatorial debate last night, you missed a chance to meet Jimmy McMillan, the glove-wearing candidate for the “Rent is 2 Damn High” party. His platform? New York rents are too damn high (he changed “too” to “2” in his party name so as not to exceed the state’s 17-letter limit). Or, put another way, “Rent, rent, rent. There is nothing else to talk about.” According to McMillan’s plan, reducing, capping and/or freezing rents for individuals and business owners (plus, free rent for tenants whose landlords have violations or criminal records) will create six million jobs and a $3 billion to $6 billion budget surplus. Also, he’d throw in free college tuition for four years. “The people I’m here to represent can’t afford to pay their rent. They’re being laid off right now as I speak,” McMillan said last night, speaking immediately before front-runner Andrew Cuomo. “Listen… someone’s stomach — your child’s stomach — just growled. Did you hear it?” Watch for yourself above and be sure to check out Cuomo’s reaction at the end of the clip.

 

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