Jeff Wagner crashes mayoral forum [VIDEO]

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In his most recent campaign video, Jeff Wagner is literally a jerk off. On Tuesday night, some might argue he was the same thing figuratively. Others might say he was just plain ol' entertaining.

SEE ALSO: MSNBC spotlights Minneapolis mayoral candidate Jeff Wagner's viral ad [VIDEO]

Minneapolis's quirkiest candidate for mayor crashed an otherwise staid and sparsely attended mayoral forum at St. Thomas's downtown law school campus. Wagner wasn't invited to debate alongside the "serious" candidates, so at one point he simply walked to the front of the lecture hall and grabbed a mic.

Here's a transcription of Wagner's ensuing rant, followed by the raw video (for the Wagner bit, fast forward to the 1:20 mark):
There are 380,000 people in Minneapolis and where the heck are they? There are only 47 that are watching this. This is a complete disgrace.

People are letting media and money control their mind. Every one of these [candidates] is trying to do the right thing, even though you never know what is behind the curtain, kinda like a game show, but, uh, it's very sad -- media and money control what people vote for, and that's it, they are just kinda like sheep and it's very sad.

[The "serious" candidates] are, uh, trying to get their message out, even though I don't agree with some of the messages, um, but... my name is Jeff Wagner, I'm a candidate for mayor of Minneapolis, and, um, all I want to do right now, is just walk up -- it's kinda like a game show... and check out our new music video, "Rogue Anthem," because we are the rogue!


We give Wagner props for crashing the forum, but what the h-e-double hockey sticks was he talking about? That rant was like something a drunk self-proclaimed Marxist would inflict upon you at a college house party.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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merrillanderson
merrillanderson

Wagner got himself in print in your paper, which is a small victory for the 27 candidates who have been unreported, ridiculed and sneered at for expressing their ideas in the larger democratic forum.   The issues they espouse are not frivolous, but a reflection of a growing public concern held by a vast majority of voters that they are not represented.  Beside your coverage, another media breakthrough has occurred with Don Allen's Independen Businesst News Poll, which, unlike the Star Tribunes covering only an anointed 8, includes all 35 Mayoral hopefuls.  You will note that the results are much differnt in a truly democratic, wide ranging, all inclusive process.http://donny-allen.us/2013/10/19/vote-today-mayor-minneapolis-star-tribune-top-candidates-are/

Nick Jude
Nick Jude

This can't be the right video. It's just some moron doing an introduction to the shitiness that's about to go down.

Mpls_Man
Mpls_Man

It's embarrassing listening to this guy. He's not funny, or interesting. 

Jesse Jamison
Jesse Jamison

Why is City Pages so interested in this guy? Is he on the staff or something?

Ian Commins
Ian Commins

Jeff Wagner kicks ass! Totally voting for him. Keep it real, JW!

Boring
Boring

This guy is trying way too hard. He should go back to selling cellphones or aluminum siding or whatever.

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