Inside Basil Marceaux's Crazy Bid for Gov

Basil Marceaux unwittingly becomes strange Internet joke
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2010 9:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Tennessee’s gubernatorial primary is today, and if you vote for Basil Marceaux, he promises to “immune you from all state crimes for the rest of your life”—just one of many bizarre promises Marceaux has made in his surreal run for the Republican nod. His mumble-mouthed, incoherent YouTube videos have made him such an Internet celebrity/punchline, that he recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel. He also picked up a new “campaign manager,” whom Wonkette is pretty sure is exploiting him for comedy.

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The campaign manager and some hip-hop artists are filming a documentary about Marceaux. Last night, they set up a debate between him and a few other fringe candidates that swiftly descended into a circus, according to a Wonkette reader. Marceaux refused to pledge allegiance to the flag because it had gold trim, fell asleep frequently at the podium, and declared, among other strange statements, that the Native Americans came from Greece. This seems like a good time to mention that, according to the Nashville Scene, Basil has been arrested many times, but is usually found not guilty by reason of insanity. (Read more Basil Marceaux stories.)

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