The Full Story: Jimmy McMillan, aka "Papa Smurf," has run for office several times before 2010, but it wasn't until he showed up at the New York gubernatorial debate and rocked the show with his street charisma, black gloves and Hulk Hogan-meets-Samuel L. Jackson looks that he became a star. His mantra was simple: Essentially, the rent is too damn high, and it's hurting the state's economy, not to mention the quality of life in New York. The Vietnam veteran from Flatbush, Brooklyn, didn't win the election (though he did receive an astonishing 40,916 votes, which was 0.9 percent of the total). But for a while, he won the hearts of struggling Americans and fans of funky facial hair alike. A "Saturday Night Live" parody, a Funny or Die viral video and scads of Internet tributes later, and McMillan officially became a cult hero.
What's Happened Since? After the election, McMillan filed a lawsuit with the New York Board of Elections for $350 million for removing the word "Damn" from the ballot line. He also became the subject of an upcoming documentary film and -- look out, Barack Obama -- is considering running as a Democratic candidate for president next time.
In His Own Words: "It's not about Jimmy McMillan," he told reporters after an appearance on "The Wendy Williams Show." "I'm just a catalyst for the Rent Is Too Damn High movement, which is catching on across the whole country."
Video: Funny or Die parody: "Charlie Sheen Is Too Damn High" (Warning: Language may be too damn strong for some.)
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