Jello and Boom Boom: Two of San Francisco's Most Famous Prank Political Campaigns
Thankfully, San Francisco has had its share of prank campaigns for local government positions in the past, all of which still have plenty of entertainment value. Today, we'll look at the ones waged by Jello Biafra and Sister Boom Boom.
Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra ran for mayor in 1979 because, by his own admission, it would be a hell of a prank and an opportunity to maybe shed light on important issues. Here's his platform statement from that year's Voter Information Pamphlet (PDF, 8.73MB):
As he describes in the above video (and according to Board of Supervisors documents), Biafra came in fourth out of 10 candidates with 6,605 votes. Not too shabby.
One point he makes in his story is not strictly accurate, though -- specifically, that a resolution was passed by the Board of Supervisors a few years later which "banned anybody from running for office in San Francisco under anything except their Christian name." Actually, according to Sec. 210 of the San Francisco Municipal Election Code, the candidate is required to use their legal name, not their Christian name, which is a different creature entirely.