Latest DFLer to enter 6th District race looks just like Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite [UPDATE]

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Dr. James Read
:::: UPDATE :::: Read dropped City Pages a line to share his thoughts about his uncanny resemblance. To his credit, he has a sense of humor about the whole thing.

"Aaron, someone forwarded your blog posting to me under the heading 'All publicity is good publicity,'" Read wrote. "Be that as it may, I think I'm a little better looking, or at least that I appear to be a nicer guy, than Uncle Rico."

We won't argue with him there!

Original post (October 16) -- Yesterday, Jim Read, a political science professor at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, became the second DFLer to enter the 6th District congressional race.

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That seat, of course, is currently held by the irreplaceable Michele Bachmann, who announced this spring she won't run again next year. Hotelier-turned-Democratic politician Jim Graves nearly beat Bachmann last year and looked like he had a strong chance to wrest control of the right-learning district from Republicans in 2014, but in a surprising move, he announced he wouldn't be running for a second time just days after Bachmann's announcement.

Enter Read, who told the St. Cloud Times he was motivated to run by the federal government shutdown.

"Ordinary citizens have been turned into hostages in high-stakes political battles," Read said. "This goes beyond what's a legitimate political tactic, in my view."

But the real story here is Read's uncanny resemblance to Napoleon Dynamite's Uncle Rico. The likeness was pointed out on Twitter by Minnesota Majority's John Rouleau: Of course, the leading Republican candidate to replace Bachmann in the 6th, 2010 gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, is no stranger to unintentional comedy in his own right.

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


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Ryan Schoen
Ryan Schoen

Given that he represents the DFL, I'd say its safe to assume his IQ is on the same level as Uncle Rico. #AlreadyLostB4TheGameStarted

Jenks LeVar
Jenks LeVar

This is so funny how can they look identical ! lol

andywolfe19
andywolfe19

JIm is a really great guy. I had him as a Poly Sci professor and think he is a down to earth, common sense guy that would make a great representative. I will admit the bar has been set pretty low in the 6th but he would do a great job none the less. And that moustache!! 

Chris Griffith
Chris Griffith

I want to know how I can become "a political science at the College of St. Benedict" ... can I major in him?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

He should go with it.  Make a funny video parodying the Uncle Rico videos and he will get attention and passion.   Minnesota loves a funny politician.   

Brett Bundy
Brett Bundy

is it 1985!! he could kick that football!!

Nathan Anderson
Nathan Anderson

Uncle Rico's smarter than Michele... He'd been a sane replacement any day!

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

Somebody with money find that dude an orange Tradesman high boy camper

Chris Pekkala
Chris Pekkala

If he loses he can always ride his time machine back and try again.

Nick Sycks
Nick Sycks

Make yourself a dang quesadilla.

Nick Benedict
Nick Benedict

Hello! Can we say uncle Rico from Napoleon dynamite?!! Am I right, joe? Am I right?

BriAnna Lea
BriAnna Lea

Hahahaha he's got my vote! Stop eating all our steak!

Marcia Marcia Marcia
Marcia Marcia Marcia

Does he have a name tag with his picture on it that's all laminated and what not? He's gotta look legit.

Nick Warhead
Nick Warhead

Since when does Michelle Bachmann go to the dunes?

Phil Burton
Phil Burton

So Bachmann's not running for re-election due to a broken coccyx?

Nick Sycks
Nick Sycks

Grandma called and said you're supposed to go home because you're ruining everyone's lives and eating all our steak.

Joe Strom
Joe Strom

Not figuratively or emotionally, it is right there.

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

It literally says that right in the article's title.

Nick Warhead
Nick Warhead

I wonder if he can throw a football over those mountains?

Emily Buss
Emily Buss

Yeah, but can he throw a pigskin a quarter mile?

Kimberly Erin
Kimberly Erin

I'd take Uncle Rico over that lunatic Bachman any day of the week!

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