Meet Basil Marceaux, Republican candidate for Tennessee governor. Then again, there’s a good chance you already have.
Thanks to a much-viewed one-minute speech he taped for Nashville television station WSMV — and the wonders of YouTube — Marceaux has become a minor international celebrity, albeit one who has almost no chance of winning the GOP nomination Thursday.
His bumbling tirade against traffic stops and gold fringes on flags—and his very, very tough-on-crime position that “if you kill someone, you get murdered”—won him an appearance Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, which flew him to Los Angeles for the taping of the show. And his original interview has drawn hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube. Marceaux has since launched his own YouTube channel, which features more short videos in which he makes aggrieved pronouncements, including one where he says he would fine every resident who doesn’t have a gun.
TENNESSEE’S NEXT GOVERNOR?