Despite a slippery record, a 20-pound carp is running for office in Ann Arbor, Mich., as a write in candidate, the “candidate’s” campaign publicity indicates.

Although its publicist is a mystery, reported Sunday lawn signs and Internet publicity indicate voters in the city have a new option when they go to the polls Tuesday, to write in their vote for a “20-pound carp,” even though the fish has destruction of public property on its record.

The fish, reported, was removed from a pond in West Park in November 2012, because it was destroying the pond’s vegetation. It was then released into the Huron River, where it apparently developed a taste for politics. reported the fish describes itself as a bottom feeder who is adept at using social media to get out its talking points.

I will aggressively return Ann Arbor to its Golden Age, viz. 1837…”

The carp says it is focusing its campaign on the city’s fourth district, where Jack Eaton, a Democrat, is running unopposed.

“I’m amused. I have a sense of humor and I think it’s funny. I consider a 20-pound carp to be a substantial opponent and I wish him the best,” Eaton said.

Given the competition, we can assume the carp to be a Republican. The remaining question then – is the carp a conservative, libertarian or neo-Confederate?

  1. dusanmal says:

    Considering where the current politicians have brought them, I bet MI people would vote for a 20 pound crap vs. those as well.

  2. sargasso_c says:

    I want to see it’s birth certificate.

  3. Gerry says:

    The duly elected 20-pound carp will have its position usurped by a Michigan governor-appointed financial Czar thereby effectively circumventing the democracy that this country was founded upon.

  4. Tim says:

    i like turtles.


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