Extremely Dark-horse Candidate Enters Fray of Mayoral Campaign

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Quirky performance artist and activist Reverend Billy is apparently running for mayor as the candidate of the Green Party, and his campaign co-chairwoman claims it's a completely legitimate and sincere endeavor. Of course, he doesn't really look like someone you want in charge during a devastatingly serious financial crisis. But actually, his platform of not buying things you don't need — which he elucidates here in an anti-consumerist, possibly traumatizing Christmas carol — may be more appropriate and appealing now than ever before. [NYT]

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