Welcome to the Mexican Election Circus

If you thought the 2016 GOP primary was a circus act, wait until you get a load of the 2015 Mexican parliamentary and local elections. Mexican president, Enrique Pena Nieto has characterized the June 7th Elections as a “referendum on his administration”.

So what will it say about the Nieto administration if a circus clown wins a mayoral race? Yes a real circus clown. Guillermo Cienfuegos or Lagrimita, as he is known to Mexican children everywhere, is running for mayor of Guadalajara under the slogan…..wait for it…” It’s time for a real clown to govern”. According to Al-Jazera America, he is picture in a political ad wearing a purple nose, red suit and stripped bowtie.

But Lagrimita is not the only unconventional candidate in the upcoming elections. Dani Ferrero writes:

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Soap opera actors, comedians, soccer celebrities and a swearing rancher in cowboy boots have all thrown their hats into the race for a seat among the rich and powerful of Mexico’s controversial political class. They are presenting themselves as an alternative at the polls either as independents or as political newcomers.

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So there are a myriad of personalities running for various seats in the Mexican government, so maybe, given the Mexican political and cultural climate of turmoil, a little comedy may be just what the doctor ordered for our southern neighbor.


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