December 5th, 2009
04:16 PM ET
8 years ago

Simpsons billionaire gets most write-in votes in NYC mayor race

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bloomberg won re-election last November."]
(CNN) - Charles Montgomery Burns, better known as Mr. Burns in the hit animated TV series "The Simpsons", got the most votes of any write-in candidate during last month's mayoral election in New York City. According to records released by the New York City Board of Elections, the cartoon billionaire received 27 write-in votes out of the 299 that were cast.

Burns wasn't the only fictional character to get votes in the race. Mad Magazine icon Alfred E. Newman, Fantastic Four arch-villain Victor Von Doom, Mickey Mouse, and Sleeping Beauty also received write-in votes.

Many New York City and state political figures also got votes, including former New York City mayors Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani, and David Dinkins. Others include Bill and Hillary Clinton, former New York governor George Pataki, Rep. Anthony Weiner, and the candidates from this year's congressional race in New York's 23rd district Dede Scozzafava and Doug Hoffman.

Three historical figures also got votes: former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, and Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Other noteworthy figures getting a nod were New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, radio shock jock Howard Stern, deceased comedian Rodney Dangerfield, and Robert Burke, better known to many New Yorkers as "the Naked Cowboy."

Burns and the rest of the write-in candidates ultimately lost to real-life billionaire and incumbent mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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  1. Joe


    December 5, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Joe

    If anyone doesn't believe this is the most interesting country in the world, read this article.

    December 5, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Macho Macho

    Has America asked itself why the elected leaders in the House and Senate from States that are bankrupt and socially out of control are the ones driving the train? I mean, speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is from San Francisco, the weirdest most freakiest City in America located in the most financially dysfunctional and bankrupt State in the Union. Just look at who and what we have "leading" our Nation, no wonder we are in dire straits. What can Government give you, that is their platform for re-election, over and over. People want to blame Wall Street bankers for making money of TARP monies, they should blame Washington for not putting the financial and regulatory stipulations on the FREE money, not Wall Street sharks.

    December 5, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Death Panel Sarah

    So your saying that Montgomery Burns DID win???

    December 5, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Death Panel Sarah

    Here's a conspiracy theory....
    Michael Bloomberg and Montgomery Burns have the SAME initials!!!!!

    Can anyone suggest any other similarities???

    December 5, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Wise Latina

    You're telling me that Bloomberg is NOT Monty?? Dooh!

    December 5, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. strong

    Billionaires always win and they always get their own way. Just ask Oprah.

    Curiously, how do people get that stinking rich?

    December 5, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. buckeye

    That was not an election, it was an auction, and the highest bid ($100 million?) bought the office. So much for government of, for and by the people...

    December 5, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Kara

    What's America coming to??.....we're our own worst enemy.

    December 5, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Bob in Pa

    And you all probably think it's funny.

    December 5, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Mobius

    Sadly, all those listed were far more suited to the job than the guy who BOUGHT the job. Nice going, NY.

    Your reputation as America's Cesspool is safe.

    December 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Joshua Ludd

    Oh, they thought they were voting for Rudy Ghoulie Guliani.

    December 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Ken in NC

    I don't know what they smoking in New York but it must be good.

    December 5, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. SocialismBad

    Slow political news day I guess!

    December 5, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Amy

    How did Stephen Colbert not even get a mention here? Nation???

    December 5, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. John

    I suspect that Mr. Bruns would be the lessor of the evils that NY had to choose from. Sad really.

    December 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. TonyH

    I'm just surprised that there were only 299 write-in votes!

    December 5, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Hudson River Girl

    Hey Death Panel Sarah what gives? This article was about NYC – why the slam of SF (my home town)?! It's not like anyone wrote in Emporer Norton". Brush up on your history and figure that on out! Lighten up! Just think if enough people wrote "Dick Cheney" or "GW" or that god awful "Karl Rove"... Thank goodness we voted the right person back into office!

    December 5, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Rupert

    I thought New Jersey was America's Cesspool.

    December 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Walter

    Fun article. Good to see people having a sense of humor when none of the candidates appeal to them.

    December 5, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. gary davis harbor oregon

    he has and will do whats right for the city
    money isnot the issue but the health and welfare of the city.
    Obama is trying to do the same thing nation wide .. so lets support both of them as to get our great nation back on track to what is right and not beleive the Bush Cheney Rove doctrine ( threats and fear )
    lets make AMERICA great again .with truth and justice and morals of everyone has the right to be free and use there rights toi choice . 🙂

    December 5, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Joe

    What happened to Kent Brockman? He was predicting he would win in a landslide.

    December 5, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Gary D.

    Burns would have been a better mayor!

    December 5, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Tom Tucker's exclusive report on Kent's liasons with interns and producers crushed his chances.

    December 5, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Generations of Americans will complain of the government they have until someone actually does something about it.

    I like all the above comments, btw. Consensus has been achieved.

    December 5, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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