- Joe Manchik played spoiler Tuesday in Ohio, taking nearly enough votes in from the Democrat in a special election to trigger a statewide automatic recount
- The native of Hell, Michigan says his ancestors came from a distant planet and couldn’t remember his own website address during an interview this year
- He claims marijuana is the solution to opioid addiction and says he speaks 19 languages including ‘Spanglish’ and ‘Sheet Music’
- Calls Israel’s prime minister a ‘war criminal’ and says every American should be required to grow hemp
- There are still thousands of absentee and provisional votes to count, nearly 5 times the Republican candidate’s apparent margin of victory
- Ohio law says officials can’t start counting them for 11 days
A Green Party candidate for Congress in Ohio’s nail-biter contest who won nearly enough votes to throw the race into an automatic recount – gave a speech-slurred interview this year in which he couldn’t remember his own website address.
Joe Manchik also says he’s descended from aliens and hails from the town of Hell, Michigan.
In Tuesday’s closely watched special election, 1,127 Ohioans chose him over Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor.
Balderson’s apparent margin of victory was just 1,754 votes. Presuming Manchik’s base would otherwise have been O’Connor supporters, the result without him would have been a hair’s-width away from triggering an automatic recount.
During a half-hour interview in March, a speech-slurring Manchik said Marijuana is the solution to America’s opioid epidemic and everyone in the country should be required to grow hemp
Joe Manchik, the Green Party nominee for Congress in Tuesday’s Ohio special election, says his ancestors came from a distant planet and couldn’t remember his own website address during an interview this year
Manchuk, a native of Hell, Michigan, claims to speak 19 languages including ‘Spanglish’ and ‘Sheet Music’
Election officials said Tuesday night that there were still 5,048 outstanding absentee ballots to count, along with another 3,435 provisional ballots.
State law requires officials to wait 11 days before counting any of them, throwing the race into slow-motion chaos until at least August 18.
Manchik’s personal Twitter account has 37 followers and is set to ‘private,’ meaning potential voters can’t see his tweets unless he approves them in advance.
‘I ♥ G A R B A G E ! ! !’ his bio reads. It also promotes a sparsely populated MySpace page.
His campaign-related Twitter account has 220 followers.
On Facebook he writes that he speaks 19 languages including Spanglish, Nicaraguan Sign Language, Trinidadian English and ‘Sheet Music.’
The native of Hell, Michigan says he traces his lineage back to a more far-off place.
‘My distant relatives originally came to planet Earth from a planet orbiting a star in the Pleiades star cluster located in the constellation of Taurus,’ Manchick writes, boasting that he was ‘voted “Class Musician” by my High School graduating class.’
He did not respond to a message left Wednesday at his personal phone number, which he posted on Facebook.
Asked for his website address, Manchik was befuddled: ‘Uh, no, off the top of my head I don’t remember’
Manchick has run for Congress once before, winning more than 13,000 votes in 2016.
He gave an interview in March over Google Hangouts to Green Vigilante Media, whose video had been viewed 243 times as of Wednesday morning.
Clad in a rainbow peace sign t-shirt, Manchik spoke for a half-hour about election financing, gun control, the Iraq war, the virtues of single-payer healthcare and growing hemp, the evils of fossil fuels, and the ‘war criminal’ Benjamin Netanyahu.
He also called the American Israel Public Affairs Committee ‘an American-based terrorist organization.’
His solution to America’s growing opioid epidemic? More weed.
‘The use of opiates has dropped dramatically in Colorado since many people are using marijuana as a substitute.’
With his voice slurring and a bottle of tequila visible in a cabinet behind him, he declared: ‘Marijuana isn’t addictive at all! … People go wacky on opiates, and I’ve seen it happen personally.’
Manchik also praised the Green Party for advocating that every American should be required to grow hemp.
Manchik’s unconventional Twitter account has 37 followers and is set to ‘private,’ meaning potential voters can’t see his tweets unless he approves them in advance
But the most memorable Borat-style madness came at the end when the interviewer asked Manchik how viewers could donate money.
Asked for his website address, the perennial candidate was befuddled.
‘Uh, no, off the top of my head I don’t remember,’ he laughed.
‘Is it manchikforcongress.wordpress.com?’ he was asked.
‘Forward-slash something. Let me find it here,’ he replied, fiddling with his PC and ultimately spelling it out, one letter at a time.
Manchick insisted that ‘you can use a credit card, or a PayPal account’ to donate, ‘or a, another kind of card. What’s it called? What do you call those cards?’
Debit cards, he was told.
‘Yeah! That’s the word I was looking for. Debit card. I don’t have one of those so I can’t remember what it was.’