Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Bob Healey only spent $35 this year running for office, but he still managed to pull 22 percent of the vote. The long-haired, fully-bearded man told news reporters that had he went all out and spent $75 or $80 he probably would have won. If this is possible, I can’t even imagine how much support Laurene Powell Jobs would receive if she tried this.
Bob has run for office in Rhode Island in the past. Once he ran for Lieutenant Governor, promising to abolish that useless office if ever he got elected. In 1986, he ran for governor and got only two percent of the vote, and in 2010, he came in second for that office at 39 percent. He even ran for a local school board position one time, using the slogan “Strange Man for a Strange Job.” We heartily agree.
The latest poll had Mr. Healey pulling 12 percent, but he instead took a large chunk of the electorate this year. It is hard to know if a man like this pulls more votes from Democrats or from Republicans, but his presence in the race could well have affected the outcome since Democrat Gina Raimondo only beat
Republican Allan Fung 40 to 36 percent.
Though he came in third overall, he was first or second in some Rhode Island towns this year. He ran for the Moderate Party, but he only took over the campaign because the original candidate suffered health issues and dropped out of the race. He has more often appeared as running for the “Cool Moose Party” which he himself founded and named back in 1994.