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New York City resident Jimmy McMillan stole the show

OW Staff | 11/3/2010, 5 p.m.

Disgruntled New York City resident Jimmy McMillan stole the show at a debate for the state's gubernatorial candidates as he introduced himself and his self-created political "Rent is Too Damn High" party to the public. "The people I'm here to represent can't even afford to pay their rent."

The debate was expected to be a showcase of the top two candidates in the race, favored Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Tea Party candidate Carl Paladino. However, McMillan garnered more attention with his boisterous message, which came off as comical at times.

However, it turns out that McMillan is actually not a victim of the same misfortune because doesn't pay rent, and hasn't paid any since the 1980's. McMillan lives rent-free in exchange for providing maintenance for his building. When approached about this, McMillan dismissed the reports as "skirting the real issue."

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