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. Kevin

    Lenny, with Carl as his Vice mayor, would have cleaned the city up from the filth and corruption.

    December 5, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Hugo

    This birther stink is too awful funny. Do any of you liberal Obama worshipers know that Phil Berg, a high ranking Philadelphia lawyer member of the Democratic party for electing Hillary Queen is the one that filed the first objection to Obama's citizenship. It was not about where he was born, although that was questioned, it is about his having dual citizenship. His mother was a minor when she had him, should he have been born in Kneya, which is irrelevant now, he would have not been an automatic US citizen. Berg's complaint was based on both issues, Obama would have been a Nationalized citizen, not a Natural born citizen on either count as he was taken to Indonesia as a child where he was required to become a citizen of Indonesia to attend, yes you guessed it, a Muslim school. But hey, we are all white racist bigots for questioning the Messiah....time will tell all.

    December 5, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Pete

    Vote Quimby!

    December 5, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    ACORN is accused of putting dead people down as voters, yet I guess this is supposed to be funny! I'm sure that the right wing will want to investigate this as well.

    December 5, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. marc in california

    Oh brother. Glad I live in Los Angeles. We're alot saner over here.

    December 5, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Jason

    Vote Quimby!

    December 5, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. charlie in Maine

    Monty Burnms is as much a "Man of the people as any Republican on the national scene today" Better himthan some of the others.

    December 5, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Cornwallis

    I voted for Mr. hankey!

    December 5, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Mickey

    This just goes to show you what a shill Bloomberg is. When a politician claims that there is nobody better qualified to perform the duties as mayor of NYC than Bloomberg, even afer being extremely outspoken about NOT ending term limits when that other shill, Rudy 9/11 wanted to end term limits, its time to dump him!

    Bloomberg is a douche, and the maggots of NYC fell for it.

    December 5, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. A Proud Independent

    Mayor of New York would be a good next step for Mr. Burns considering he already had a stint as the nation's VP. Remember? He went under the alias of Mr. Cheney.

    December 5, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Glen in LA

    Wow! Harry Shearer is going to be a busy man!!! Exxxxxxcellent!

    December 5, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Otto

    New York is not called the greatest city on Earth for nothing. I love this City for the noise, people of every nation on Earth and even the crazy Republicans from the back woods that visit some times.

    I saw this group of people walking on 34th Street a few months ago; a man in the group was talking on a cell phone, and said in a loud voice " I am going to Macy" To say I was shocked would be an understatement. Yeah, we all know Macy and yes the 34th Street Macy if the flag ship but who cares?

    December 5, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. jules sand-perkins

    Yeah? And by how many votes did the Simpsons billionaire win the election?
    Some nuts will write in anything to convince themselves that they are cute.

    Our mayor remains in office because he is a GREAT mayor.

    December 5, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. Stu

    The fact that some people waste away a precious right which so many in this world don't have says volumes about the decadent society we have become. The fact that any news media would waste space writing about it speaks volumes about the sensationalistic, yellow-journalistic approach the media has sunk to.

    December 5, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Nev

    Jesus Christ! This isn't news!

    I'd rather watch you go investigate 9/11 into eternity than hear about how Montgomery Burns is getting a double digit vote count in a real physical election.

    December 5, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Marcel-Canada

    CNN please tell that Gary Davis from Oregon that this ticker is about New York and not Obama.You brain washed socialist take a pill.
    What Obama has that for USA?
    Hommer and Burns bring us fun in to our living room.

    December 5, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. mavcal

    The money people will spend to have power – Bloomberg spent 102 million dollars on himself to get reelected. This creates an uneven playing field. Congress should enact laws making it mandatory to exclude private fiancing to elected office. It should be congressional allocated monies and the same amounts for each candidate. Instead of wasting all this money on pork barrell projects, why don't they bring back the motto, "man the best person win", not the richest. This is how Obama got himself elected, accepting tons of cash from bundles after stating he would stick to public financing. 102 million dollars – and people are starving, dying, tortured, homeless all over the world. 102 million dollars could hav alleviated alot of suffering. No wonder the nations of the world look upon us with disdain.

    December 5, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. LouieD

    Thank God Burns didn't win... Those Simpsons characters wreak havoc whenever they get into political office. Remember: we just recently got past 8 years of Barney Gumble in the White House!

    December 5, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. Romriech

    That's fairly sophisticated political commentary in the form of write-ins. Basically voting for Mike Bloomberg's alter ego.

    December 5, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. bert

    i think from now on.we need to write in mr. burns. lets make it a phenomenon to show our dissatisfaction

    December 5, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Ozzi

    If I was a New Yorker, I would have voted for Pat Paulson.

    December 5, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. JohnQ

    Hey Joe! Kent got lost on his way to the poles afte him and Whitney went down the wrong road.

    December 5, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Chris (WA)

    This makes me happy. 🙂

    December 5, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |

    this is why we will all ways be laughed at around the world because we do not take politics serious enough. when people learn to vote for the most qualified person rather the party or some off the wall nut we will stay mesed up.

    December 5, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  25. Flip

    If you were in NYC prior to the election you would have noticed large posters throughout the city with an image of Montgomery Burns and the text "No Third Term, Vote for Mr. Burns."

    They were pretty hard to miss. Obviously CNN missed them ... Google it CNN.

    December 5, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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