Before Monday night, the Rent Is Too Damn High Party's Jimmy McMillan was just the guy with the amazing facial hair shouting outside the annual Rent Guidelines Board circus. But after the televised gubernatorial debate, he's now the guy with the amazing facial hair lighting up computer screens around the world. And with McMillan parlaying his 15 minutes of fame into Miami sports talk radio guest spots, an important question has to be asked: Is Jimmy McMillan living a lie? His rent may not, in fact, be too damn high.
McMillan told the Wall Street Journal that he pays $800 per month for his one-bedroom apartment (with private outdoor space!) on Nostrand Avenue in Flatbush. However, he just told the Times that he lives rent-free because his landlady admired his Vietnam War service. He also said he pays $900 per month for his son's rent-stabilized apartment on St. Marks Place in the East Village, which also doesn't sound too damn high. Oh, and sometimes he just lives in his car, which has a sleeping bag and nunchucks. And then he refused to confirm any of this. But look at that mustache! He's still got our vote.
· Opposing Excessive Rent, but Vague About His Own [NYT]