Thursday, November 8
KJRW congratulates President Barack Obama on being elected to a second term. We are also pleased that there will be more women than ever in Congress. It got us thinking about rockers who have run for office. You may remember the "hanging chads" in 2000, but do you recall that Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys fame was almost the Green Party's nominee for President instead of Ralph Nader? Jello also unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of San Francisco in 1979. Blur Drummer Dave Rowntree ran for Parliament a couple years ago, but he lost. D.O.A. Frontman Joey "Shithead" Keithley has run for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia twice, and is hoping the third time is the charm. He will find out if he gets the nomination next month. One who actually gained office is Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil. He has been a member of Australia's House of Representatives since 2004. Nirvana Bassist Krist Novoselic ran for Clerk of a small county in Washington a few years back to protest ballot laws, but withdrew from the race prior to the election. We at KJRW hope he will run for Mayor of Seattle next year.