Mayoral Candidate ‘Endorsed by Jesus Christ’ Finishes in Last Place

Yesterday, the city of North Miami, Florida held elections for Mayor. The election was notable for the rest of us because candidate Anna L. Pierre claimed she was endorsed by Jesus Christ:

It turns out Pierre didn’t fare so well:

Anna Pierre, a registered nurse who claimed she was being endorsed by Jesus Christ, finished last among the seven candidates with 56 votes, or just 0.83 percent.

“Yes, Jesus endorsed me!” Pierre said during a stop at the Gwen Margolis Community Center Tuesday morning as the polls opened. “I’m not nuts, if I’m a freak and nuts for Jesus, let it be! Let the world know that Jesus is it and when you have Jesus on your side you can go on.”

She got less than 1% of the vote! Though I guess if you have to say, “I’m not nuts,” that probably doesn’t bode well for your campaign… it’s like Christine O’Donnell saying, “I’m not a witch.”

Here’s the bigger question: If an openly atheist candidate ran against her, would s/he have done better or worse?

On a side note, one news outlet found voters who didn’t think Pierre was nuts. That’s because they’re even nuttier:

“Well, I thought ‘I wonder if I ought to vote for this person to maintain the cosmic balance,’” Grover Rawlings said. “I mean, I want to stay on the good side, it’s a pretty powerful endorsement if it’s true.”

Others took the self-proclaimed revelation sincerely.

“Well, like I said, I’m Christian and if she believes it, I’ve never heard it before, but you know, she could’ve been,” Ann Simpson said.

What the… I don’t even… *sigh*

(Thanks to Martin for the link!)

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  • 7Footpiper

    Was it the endorsement of Jeebus that killed her hopes of becoming Mayor or her identification as a reasonably socialist candidate? I have travelled to the US on several occasions and I’ve noticed that the overwhelming thoughts about the “have-nots” is it’s their own damn fault, I’m not wasting any of my hard earned tax dollars on helping others.

  • arensb

    Clearly God was testing her, just as he was testing Rick Perry and those other guys when he told them they’d be elected president.
    Mysterious ways. Shut up.

  • YourDad

    If Matthew 20:16 is true, shouldn’t she be happy?

  • Space Cadet

    I wonder what “cosmic balance” Mr. Rawlings thinks needs to be maintained, or how a vote for Mrs. Pierre would accomplish that. I’ve got a funny feeling that Obama would be involved, somehow.

  • houndies

    guess it wasn’t part of gawd’s big plan.

  • A3Kr0n

    Obviously God used this event to strengthen her resolve to love Jesus even more!

  • DougI

    God picked a bunch of losers to run for President, and now he picked a loser for mayor. No wonder when people pray to god to win the lottery they often lose, he only picks winners for football games.

  • jdm8

    I guess most of North Miami hates Jesus then. /s

  • randomfactor

    Restoring balance the same way that Anikin did.

  • richard

    Suks ou bon bon hehehehe

  • decathelite

    Folks, if Jesus, God, or the Lord tells you to do something nowadays, you should probably do the exact opposite.

  • Space Cadet

    I wonder what her Midi-chlorian count is?

  • chicago dyke

    honestly, if i were a Christian, i would find this ad deeply offensive and blasphemous. the bible has some pretty clear passages about people who make false claims about knowing the will or the Lord or hearing his voice when they are actually just making it up for attention. if i were a Christian, i would keep my god(s) out of politics entirely. talk about mixing things that shouldn’t go together.

    but i’m an atheist so mostly i’m just giggling.

  • Lillynyx

    One of the more interesting things I’ve noticed is that whenever a politician or person running for office, or a group of supporters, ie; Tea Partiers, talk about god/jesus being on their side or calling for prayer so their side will win, the exact opposite seems to happen. For crying out loud, it’s almost as if there is a god and he is actively working against them. One would think they’d get the message…either there are no gods at all, or he really doesn‘t like them!

  • qbsmd

    I’m pleasantly surpised that they didn’t find anyone who claimed to really believe a Jesus endorsment, and only 1% of people who thought it was a possibility worth taking seriously. On various polls, 3-5% of Americans believe shape-shifting reptilian aliens control the world’s governments; the people voting for Pierre are the 1% of those who said “I guess that’s possible and they must have a good reason to ask a question like that”. I’m still convinced the other 2-4% are people who will select any option on a poll that makes them giggle.

  • SeekerLancer

    I guess accusing people of attacking her with voodoo wasn’t a sound campaign strategy after all.

  • ShoeUnited

    Jesus may not have got her in, next year she’ll try getting God to sign a petition.

  • Lillynyx

    I also would like to be giggling at that, but sometimes those people give me the heebie-jeebies…they creep me out and I’m not even American!

  • Stev84

    Since when do Christians actually follow what’s in the Bible?

  • McAtheist

    Endorsed by jesus….the political ‘kiss of death’?

  • Spuddie
  • wmdkitty

    Pagan and giggling, here.

  • kagekiri

    “Obviously, they just weren’t really sincere Christians, using common religion for political gain. But I am a real Christian and REALLY chosen by God, vote for me!” seems a bit more likely.

  • kagekiri

    I’m an atheist, but a former Christian.

    This stuff is somewhat funny until I recall with great shame that I voted for Bush because I thought God was more on his side than any Democrats.

    Then it’s not so funny.

  • Bdole

    Ohhhh, JESUS…the Christ guy.
    I thought she was just going for the Hispanic vote.

  • pagansister

    Guess JC didn’t have enough pull to get her voted into office—OR she didn’t pray enough —What a shame—NOT!

  • Stuart Marsden

    The power of Jebus!!!

  • Mario Strada

    That could very well be it. If she run the same campaign but told everyone that the poor had it coming and she was going to push for laws to make poverty illegal, she would have gained more votes.

  • spacegod

    God sucks at politics.

  • Willy Occam

    Tsk, tsk, tsk… don’t you know that gawd works in mysterious ways? Who are we mere mortals to question his master plan?

  • Mairianna

    In retrospect, she should have probably gone for the “Colbert bump” instead. Although, that didn’t work for his sister…..Strike that.

  • jdm8

    I wonder what would happen if someone claimed that they talked to Jesus too, and they heard Jesus say that he didn’t endorse Pierre?