Surely you’ll recall Jimmy McMillan, the “Rent Is Too Damn High” guy who made a splash just last year at the gubernatorial debate with his karate and badass black gloves and crazy facial hair stylings, and then his various music videos and album release and campaign message and whatnot? Well, he’s not gone yet. Nope. He was recently interviewed by the Times‘ Local East Village. Unsurprisingly, he had some things to say about some things.
Among his suggestions: Stop paying people in government “football player” salaries; reduce rent to $550 a month for buildings built before 2001 and $750 per month for buildings built afterward (we could get behind that), and, perhaps most controversially, his view on bike lanes, as pointed out by our beloved East Village blogger EV Grieve:
Get rid of them. You have cars running up on bicycle lanes — people are getting run over. These are idiots! There are not enough bicyclists. I did a personal count. In one week in the East Village on First Avenue and Second Avenue, there were about 25 people on each avenue. It’s not enough. They’re better for states with warmer climates, like in Florida. You cannot have bicycle lanes where there is snow.
McMillan also reveals that he didn’t love his wife, which is why he left the East Village and moved to Brooklyn. And people who think he’s a clown are in for a “rude awakening.” He’s holding a press conference next week in Tompkins Square Park to announce that he’s running for president. Obama’s been there long enough, he says, and he’d “have no problem getting any bill passed before the House and the Senate.”
Jimmy McMillan Just Lost the Cyclist Vote [EV Grieve]