People we wish would run for mayor

It's looking like Bill de Blasio will become our next mayor, but we couldn't help wondering what the November 5 election would look like with some more colorful candidates on the ballot

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On November 5th, New Yorkers will take to the polls to elect their next mayor. Barring a last-second fourth-term gambit by Bloomberg, they’ll choose between Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota. But what if we had some more options? Click through the slide show to see the results of our wishful thinking, and nominate your own mayoral candidates in the comments.

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    Stephen Colbert

    Colbert has never attempted to hide his political aspirations. Last year, with the passing of adviser Ham Rove, he shuttered his Super PAC—“Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow”—but there is no doubt he could quickly harness the power of Colbert Nation for a mayoral run and instantly become the most viable Republican candidate.

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    “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan

    There is precedent for professional wrestlers becoming politicians (hi there, Jesse Ventura), and we can’t think of anyone better than Duggan, who would goad slow-moving New York bureaucrats with wild swings of his legendary two-by-four and escape any scandal with timely chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!”

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    Rachel Maddow

    The only thing better than watching the MSNBC host excoriate wrongheaded politicos on her show would be watching her apply her wit, charm and wonkish knowledge to running the city.

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    20-ounce soda

    Bill de Blasio’s emergence is due in large part to Bloomberg fatigue. If that’s the case, there might not be a better time for the maligned supersized soft drinks to make a run at public office.

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    Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger

    It’s been a few years since the heroic pilot landed safely in the river right near our Time Out offices, but if there is a more trusted man in America, we’ve yet to meet him.

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    Michael Strahan

    Super Bowl champion, single-season NFL record holder for sacks, daytime talk-show star—Strahan is a man of many hats who is beloved in New York. His famous gap-toothed smile would play well in political ads, he could win debates by horse-collaring opponents, and he could shamelessly employ sports clichés in the service of his campaign: “Who else but Michael Strahan do you want to tackle crime?”

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    Donald Trump

    The Donald is a birther whacko bird, but having to listen to his blustery paranoid nonsense would be a small price to pay to see him get rung up onstage by Strahan.

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Stephen Colbert

Colbert has never attempted to hide his political aspirations. Last year, with the passing of adviser Ham Rove, he shuttered his Super PAC—“Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow”—but there is no doubt he could quickly harness the power of Colbert Nation for a mayoral run and instantly become the most viable Republican candidate.


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