Too Damn Prophetic: Rent Candidate Says ‘I Told You So’

July 11, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — To Manhattan residents smarting from sharp rent increases, the most vocal critic of the city’s apartment market has four little words: “I told you so.”  Pure greed is driving city rents out of reach, says Jimmy McMillan, former gubernatorial candidate and colorful founder of the Rent is Too Damn High Party. “You can’t find a place to park, you can’t buy a home for less than a million, and landlords are just getting greedy,” he said in an interview.  As “Saturday Night Live” viewers can attest, McMillan, 65 years old, is given to strong pronouncements. He stole the show during last October’s gubernatorial debate, in which he boasted of his karate prowess and claimed that he would not only legalize gay marriage but also let New Yorkers marry a shoe, if their hearts so desired.

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