I guess the rent was too damn high

Every election season I find myself debating which of two perennial hopefuls is my favorite. One obvious choice is Vermin Supreme, the continual candidate for both governor and the mayor-ship of cities in at least three states. But the other option is Jimmy “The Rent is Too Damn High” McMillan. In addition to desiring elected office, McMillan did a stint on the appropriately named “World’s Dumbest” television program on TruTV. Sadly, trouble has followed Jimmy in a number of fashions, and now he’s being evicted from his rent controlled apartment in the Big Apple.

The flamboyant gubernatorial candidate has been slapped with an eviction notice ordering him out of his $872-a-month rent stabilized East Village apartment.

McMillan, founder of the fringe political party called The Rent Is Too Damn High, has filed suit in Brooklyn Federal Court seeking to stave off the eviction, which is scheduled to be carried out by a city marshal Feb. 5. Acting as his own lawyer, he is also demanding $1.3 million in monetary damages.

The 68-year-old Vietnam War veteran has been embroiled in a legal battle with the landlord, who claimed the one-bedroom flat on St. Marks Place wasn’t McMillan’s primary residence, and that he actually lives in Brooklyn.

“They don’t have the authority to evict me,” McMillan told the Daily News on Monday.

It seems that while the rent may indeed be too high in much of the city, McMillan’s own rent is just fine. He claims to have paid the bill on a regular basis, but had his check refused by the landlord who allegedly wants to kick out all of the low paying, rent control tenants and lease the property to those willing to pay far more. Normally I’d tend to write off anything Jimmy said as more craziness, but I’ve heard of such conflicts with other landlords in the past so I suppose it’s possible. I don’t know how much luck he’ll have collecting that $1.3M for “wrongful ousting” accusations, though.

I hope that both Vermin and Jimmy stick around for 2016. Politics is enough of a bad joke in far too many cases, and we could use some lighter humor from time to time. As a reminder, Jimmy has fluffed up his resume quite a bit and includes all of the following in his Wikipedia entry.

James “Jimmy” McMillan III is an American political activist, perennial candidate, karate expert and Vietnam War veteran, as well as a former postal worker, stripper and private investigator from Brooklyn, New York.

Give the guy credit… he stays busy.

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