Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Murkowski Effect

The moderate candidate in the Republican primary could scarcely believe the results – the candidate had been rejected by the extremist Republican electorate in favor of a tea party backed standard bearer. The rejected candidate mulled over the options and came to the somewhat surprising conclusion that the general election could still be won. It was too late to get on the ballot, but a write-in campaign could be launched.

A successful write-in campaign in a state-wide election is almost unheard of, but our intrepid candidate had faith that when the entire electorate looked more closely at the Republican tea party extremist, they would be willing to expend the extra effort to write-in the more moderate candidate.

I am not just describing Alaskan Senate candidate Lisa Murkowski, I am describing the Minnesota Gubernatorial ticket of Ole Savior and Todd “Elvis” Anderson.

Although Ole and Elvis finished fourth in the Republican primary, they were apparently optimistic enough about their chances that they registered with the Secretary of State’s office as official write-in candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor. Now that the State Canvassing Board has met, we can see just how close they came to knocking Horner out of third place. The final vote tally for Ole Savior and Todd “Elvis” Anderson: 1 vote.

Alas, that is not enough for them to be included in the mandatory recount. More alarmingly, at least one of the two candidates did not even bother to vote for themselves. In fact, neither of them likely voted for themselves. Their one vote came from Olmsted County; based on their campaign filings, Savior and Elvis appear to live in Hennepin County.

There is one person in Olmsted County (could it be our own JB Doubtless?) who is more loyal to the Ole-Elvis ticket than Ole and Elvis themselves.

In addition to running for Lt. Governor, Todd “Elvis” Anderson is an ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist). He can be booked through his campaign website:

Hopefully he is more dedicated to Elvis than he was to his run for Lt. Governor.

The Nihilist chimes in: As a fellow Elvis impersonator, I can vouch for Todd Anderson's bona fides as an Elvis impersonator. On his web site, he is pictured in four different Elvis outfits: the classic white jumpsuit, a red jumpsuit, an all-leather outfit, and the 1950's era long sport coat with bowling shirt.

I own one Elvis jumpsuit (a beautiful classic white including a cape) and have rented jumpsuits on other occasions. I can assure our readers that there is a significant financial commitment to procure such a jumpsuit, not to mention a leather jacket and pant combination. I'd say Todd Anderson likely laid out well over $1000 for his wardrobe. Rental is out of the question, as his calendar suggests that he performs several times per month.