Saturday, October 3, 2015

Santa Claus Hopes Voters Will Elect Him to Office in North Pole

From the "You Can't Make This Stuff Up" Department-

After no one filed for candidacy in this year's City Council race in North Pole, Alaska, Santa Claus decided he would seize the day and run himself. Sixty-eight-year-old Claus is one of the biggest evangelists for North Pole, having once run for its Chamber of Commerce.

He is not a North Pole native — he previously lived in Nevada, where he decided to legally change his name after debating the idea on the way to the post office in 2005. The heavily bearded man with a twinkle in his eye and rosy cheeks was walking and praying, he told the Alaska Dispatch News in 2013, when a man yelled, "I love you, Santa.” After that he was sure a name change was a good idea.

The Anglican monk formerly known as Tom O'Connor then decided it would do wonders for his brand if he moved to North Pole, which he did three years ago after running two write-in presidential campaigns and finding out that the name "Santa Claus" can sometimes lead to issues at the airport. (It isn't clear whether security thought the name was suspicious or if they were confused about why Santa was flying commercial instead of on his private sleigh.)

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