Observer: ‘Rent Is Too Damn High’ Leader Jimmy McMillan Backs Republican for Harlem Council Seat
Jimmy McMillan, right, with candidate Dawn Simmons. Will Bredderman/Observer
Jimmy McMillan—famous for running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2010 on a single repeated slogan—gave his backing to GOP candidate Dawn Simmons in the February 14 special election for a vacant City Council seat in Harlem.
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Gathering with Republicans on the portico of City Hall, the man who made the phrase “rent is too damn high” famous first at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue, then across New York and the nation, urged Harlemites to support Simmons for the open post. Special elections, like the one triggered when Assemblywoman Inez Dickens exited the Council to head to Albany, are non-partisan: candidates create and run on their own customized ballot lines, which cannot resemble any existing row on the ballot.
Simmons has gathered petition signatures to run on the “Dawn for Harlem” and “Rent Too Damn High” lines.