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20-pound carp's bid for Ann Arbor City Council goes belly up

Despite rousing Twitter campaign, 20-pound carp is unable to hook a City Council seat.
By Evan Bleier   |   Nov. 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM   |   Comments

(UPI) -- Politics might be a fishy business, but not enough to get a 20-pound carp elected to the City Council in Ann Arbor, Mich., as part of a write-in campaign.

Even though the clever carp was able to run a Twitter campaign, it wasn’t enough to defeat John Eaton, who won handily.


Touted as a “grass roots Ann Arbor local politician” and a “bottom feeder,” the 20-pound carp may have received as many as 209 write-in votes.

Eaton was gracious about welcoming his aquatic opponent into the race. “I have a sense of humor and I think it’s funny. I consider a 20-pound carp to be a substantial opponent and I wish him the best,” Eaton said.

The big fish thanked his supporters following his defeat and congratulated Eaton.



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