The newly-elected mayor of Philadelphia is, in case you missed it, a Mummer. And an elf. And Cat in the Hat. And maybe a yogi, too.
Jim Kenney pulled off a win in the mayoral primary election tonight, all but solidifying his spot in City Hall. He’ll have to run again in the general election, but historically, the winner of the primary takes it all in this largely one-party city.
And Kenney is a bit weird in a very Philly way. He’s been a Mummer for 35 years — “we were Mexican bandits. I was a corkscrew. I was a raisin.” — and has a Twitter game unparalleled to any other mayoral candidate or Philly pol.
Now that you’ve already casted your vote, get to know your likely new mayor — fav yoga poses, and all.
Apparently Kenney dressing up as Buddy the Elf and his Council pal Mark Squilla dressing up as Santa is a thing. It happened in 2013:
And THEN we found out that it happened before in 2012:
Dude needs a Christmas shelf to sit on:
Namaste. Here’s Kenney doing yoga with one of his campaign staffers, which makes us all feel a little uncomfortable:
Here’s your new mayor with a massive bowtie dressed as Cat in the Hat bc children:
Here he is on St. Patrick’s Day with the world’s largest Irish pin:
And here he is with some rainbow glasses while surrounded by kids, and it’s anyone’s guess as to what these people are supposed to be dressed as:
Last but not least, we’re saddened to report that there are no photos (that we can find) of Jim Kenney dressed as a raisin or a Mexican bandit from his days as a Mummer in South Philly. But here’s what it would probably look like:
Photos (minus the fake ones) courtesy of @JimFKenney.