On Election Day, Captain Jack Sparrow made an appearance on Minnesota Ballots.
Not to be confused with the silver screen swashbuckler, Sparrow dresses like a pirate — down to the black eyeliner — and is, in fact, a real person, reports Mashable.
Sparrow ran for Minneapolis mayor back in 2013 on an “Occupirate” platform, but lost by a hefty margin.
In this year’s election, he challenged Paul McLaughlin — the incumbent Hennepin County commissioner — on a variety of issues, specifically banks’ propensity to foreclose on defaulted loans. Interesting stance.
Here’s a debate between the two from the lead-up to the election.
Despite the proximity to the election, McLaughlin didn’t seem to take his opponent seriously, and neither did the Hennepin County electorate.
How am I supposed to take democracy seriously when Captain Jack Sparrow was on the ballot for County Commissioner?
— Christopher Bluma (@CalmHubris) November 4, 2014
It would appear that the real-life Sparrow took a page out of Johnny Depp’s political playbook: He might be the worst candidate you’ve ever heard of…