If mayoral candidates Michael Bagneris, Danatus King and Mitch Landrieu didn't ignite your sense of civic responsibility, the erstwhile fourth candidate in the race was the very definition of civic irresponsibility — till he dropped out of the contest. Manny "Chevrolet" Bruno withdrew from the race Jan. 16.
A comedian who has run for mayor several times (becoming the de facto Benny Grunch of New Orleans mayor races), Bruno did manage to launch the most entertaining campaign ad since Dr. Dwight McKenna's "Frankenstein and Igor" ad in the New Orleans coroner's race of 2010.
The Bruno ad starts with the nonchalant candidate sitting on a barstool lighting a cigarette, before fading to images of child laborers, a mugging, homeless people, crack smokers and student protestors being pepper-sprayed. "Manny Chevrolet did not care about your child's education," a voiceover says. "Manny Chevrolet said he could not care less about crime in our streets. ... Manny Chevrolet said New Orleans will get exactly what it deserves." The ad ends with Bruno nonchalantly taking a drag from his cigarette, saying, "I'm Manny 'Chevrolet' Bruno. And I approve this message."
In the 2010 mayoral election, Bruno's message registered with 139 voters; he finished third-to-last in a field of 11 contenders with 0.16 percent of the vote. — Kevin Allman