October 6th, 2009
04:11 PM ET

An 'excellent' choice for mayor?

Nineteen years ago, C. Montgomery Burns failed in his bid to become governor of whatever state Springfield is in.

Burns of The Simpsons

Now, the centenarian nuclear power plant owner is throwing his hat into the ring in the race for mayor of New York City.

Of course, Mr. Burns is a fictional character who exists only in the world of "The Simpsons."  Besides, he'd just let his lackey, Wayland Smithers, throw the hat for him.

The "Burns for Mayor" campaign is the brainchild of two New York artists, who say they are poking fun at an election where billionaire incumbent Michael Bloomberg is expected to easily win a third term in office. 

The official Web site for the Burns campaign lists several of the candidate's promises, including selling Staten Island to raise revenue, building a nuclear power plant in Williamsburg and enforcing an "anti-hipster" policy throughout the city.

At least Burns seems to have a campaign platform.  In "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish," the "Simpsons" episode about his early political dreams, Burns runs for governor to save his beloved nuclear plant, which was found to have 342 violations by a government inspection committee.

The inspection was ordered after Bart caught a three-eyed fish, nicknamed "Blinky" by the Springfield media, near the nuclear plant.  Burns argues that the fish is actually some kind of "super fish" and, in one commercial, brings out an actor playing Charles Darwin to claim that Blinky is an example of natural selection.

The move seems to pay off, and Burns vaults from 0 percent popularity to tying incumbent Mary Bailey in the polls. But his advisers suggest that having dinner with a typical American family the night before the election will give him the win.

Burns goes to the Simpsons home, where he is served Blinky for dinner.  Burns spits out a chunk of the fish, ending his chance at higher office.

Perhaps Burns and his new advisers have learned from the mistakes of his last run.  His campaign Web site suggests he's less Charles Foster Kane and more Michael Bloomberg with a Ross Perot attitude.  He seems to be more than a one issue candidate.  Alas, it appears that he won't be on the ballot in November, and a write-in campaign will be a definite long-shot.  Maybe in another four years.

So what do you think about the mayoral campaign of C. Montgomery Burns?  And what fictional characters would you like to see run for political office in real life?

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  1. Concerned New Yorker

    Dear Mr. Dinan
    I take issue with your negative assessment of Charles Montgomery Burns' mayoral ambitions for several reasons.
    First, the incident with the three-eyed fish is long in the past. There is simply no point in drudging up old skeletons from people's closets. Everybody knows this happened. It was a long time ago. Let's move on.
    Next, how dare you, Sir, compare Mr. Burns to that miserable Bloomberg creature? There is simply nothing remotely similar between those two. That remark alone should get you sued for liable.
    Lastly, what makes you so sure that Mr. Burns does not have a chance? The people of New York are sick and tired of The Age of Bloomberg, referring to this irritating incumbent as the epitome of all evil. As for his main challenger, Bill Thompson, to this day no one has seen that man's birth certificate.
    When New Yorkers realize the choices in front of them on November Third, they will see that there is only one way to bring our great city back from the brink of doom, that is by voting Charles Montgomery Burns.


    October 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kathy p

    How about Jack McCoy from Law & Order?

    October 7, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    Release the hounds!

    October 7, 2009 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ian

    Maybe we all just need a monorail? I know Utah does...

    October 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kenneth C. Harris

    I personally am a huge huge fan of the simpsons show. But as long as i can remember C. Montgomery Burns has been running for mayor. I personally think the guy should just give it up. Obviously he is never going to become mayor. But I want to see Cleveland Brown from Family Guy and The Cleveland Show run for political office in real life. Only government with low self esteem and no confidence. Go Cleveland!

    October 6, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sara in the South

    How about Comic Book Guy for President? Worst Congress Ever.

    October 6, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |

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