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The 'rent is too damn high' guy, Manhattan Madam, the Real Kramer: Our favorite fringe candidates

Gary Coleman(Fred Prouser/Reuters)

Last night's New York governor's debate has been deemed a circus by some, with a former madam calling the politicians "whores" and a former mayoral candidate running on a platform of "the rent is too damn high."

Kristin Davis, or the "Manhattan Madam," and Jimmy McMillian, the "rent is too damn high" guy, may have distracted somewhat from a serious political debate, but it can't be denied the two put on a pretty fantastic show.

They recall the best of the fringe candidates: Mary Carey, the porn star turned would-be California governor's candidate; Gary Coleman, her diminutive opponent; Kenny Kramer, who ran on a pot platform for New York mayorship in 1997.

Despite the country's claims that it has a multi-party system, the U.S. really does have too few opponents outside the Republican-Democratic domain. In honor of all the offbeat characters, BlogPost salutes the best of the fringe with a photo gallery of our favorite colorful candidates. See the whole gallery here.

And keep in mind that when pro wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura ran in 1998 and comedian Al Franken in 2008, both were considered colorful characters belittling serious politically campaigns..

So don't count Kristin Davis out yet.

By Melissa Bell  | October 19, 2010; 6:15 PM ET
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Hank Stuever wrote an essay about Gary Coleman when Coleman was running for governor of California. Coleman clearly viewed his campaign as a way to get attention. Yet, Hank describes the way Coleman increasingly took himself seriously. Coleman started to believe in his own candidacy. I wonder how many of these other "fringe candidates" also get swept up in the process.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 20, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Someone also made a remix song for Jimmy McMillan

Posted by: dointoomuch | October 20, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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