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Mr ‘Rent Too Damn High’ Lives Rent Free

Discreetly tucked away in the ‘NY Region’ section of the New York Times:

Opposing Excessive Rent, but Vague About His Own

October 19, 2010

Jimmy McMillan, running for governor as the candidate of the one-man Rent Is Too Damn High Party, stole the show at the debate on Monday night with his repeated and crystal-clear message: The. Rent. Is. Too. Damn. High.

But how high, exactly, is too damn high for Mr. McMillan? That is a little harder to say.

Mr. McMillan said in an interview on Tuesday that for at least the last decade, he had lived rent free.

“We’re like family,” Mr. McMillan said of his landlords. “They don’t want me to pay any money at all. I am basically living there rent free.”

Mr. McMillan said that he moved into his apartment, a one-bedroom on Nostrand Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn, in the early 1980s but soon fell behind on rent when he left his job in the Postal Service on disability.

We are shocked, shocked to learn that Mr. McMillan has been living on government ‘disability’ for twenty some years. He certainly has all the earmarks of a community organizer/professional leftist.

The landlady, Mr. McMillan said, admired his Vietnam War service and forgave the back rent and, eventually, the future rent, too. In exchange, he did maintenance work, and after she died in 2003, her heirs continued the tradition…

But Mr. McMillan gave The Wall Street Journal a somewhat different account of his living arrangements in an article published online on Tuesday, saying that he paid $800 a month for his own apartment. His landlord could not be reached. Mr. McMillan, asked about his comments to The Journal, said, “I was probably just trying to brush them off.”

He restated that he personally lived rent free. A few moments later, however, he refused to confirm any of his previous statements.

“Don’t look for anything I say about my living space to be true,” he said.

Mr. McMillan certainly sounds like a textbook liberal to us.

And, truth to tell, he is probably far less dangerous than the other Democrat in the race for governor of New York.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Mr ‘Rent Too Damn High’ Lives Rent Free”

  1. Dupree says:

    The debate this week was like a 7 ring circus. I can only hope that Mr. Too Damn High, The Freedom Party guy, and Spitzer’s Anti-prohibition Madame can peel away enough votes from Status Coumo.

  2. proreason says:

    When zero is too damn high, I get a little worried.

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