Mindy Meyer Is New York’s Orthodox Jewish, Elle Woods-Loving State Senate Candidate
As far as colorful political candidates go, Mindy Meyer puts Krystal Ball and Christine O’Donnell to shame. She might even give Jimmy “Too Damn High” McMillan a run for his money. The Orthodox Jewish, Snooki-hued, 22-year-old Brooklyn resident and law student has announced her candidacy for the New York State Senate with a website that comes straight out of Malibu Barbie’s Dream Campaign: LMFAO soundtrack, leopard print titles, and pink everywhere. The ambitious young woman has already secured the nominations of the Republican and Conservative parties.
Visitors to mindy4senate.com will immediately notice the diamond-speckled slogan, “I’m Senator and I know it.” In case you didn’t figure out the reference, the bass beats from “I’m Sexy And I Know It” pour out of your speakers (with no stop button in sight).
Moving on to the “Issues” page, Meyer declares herself to be the Diva Of The District. Continuing the wordplay (since she is running in New York’s 21st State Senate district), Meyer announces that her anti-poverty stance is: “No more “Hunger Games” in our District!” The statement is accompanied by a photo of the candidate dressed as Katniss Everdeen.
In an interview with CityAndStateNY, Meyer says that she is trying to attract younger voters whom she feels have been ignored; she criticizes the bland website of incumbent State Sen. Kevin Parker.
Meyer adds that Elle Woods, the star of Legally Blond, inspired her to attend law school.
“She showed me you could go to Harvard and make it sophisticated. Pink is my favorite color, so that’s technically my inspiration, everything pink,” she said.
(I’m assuming then, Mindy, that LMFAO and leopard print are how you would make Harvard “sophisticated”?)
Meyer’s website has gone viral, and the media is having a good (ironic?) time with her unbelievable visuals. It’s also assumed that Parker is too popular in his district for anyone to mount a serious challenge.
But once the excitement wears off, I hope we can recognize Meyer for what she is: another pseudo-celebrity who thinks elected politics is a game. I admit I don’t know much about Meyer or her stances yet, but her website shows an overly-image conscious candidate with vague and pandering opinions on the issues.
She focuses largely on ending stop-and-frisk, which is a city-wide practice and would be outside her jurisdiction in the State Senate (though she does say that the practice “can help to protect the public against potential harm” when used appropriately, just to cover her bases). And her statement on abortion dances around the implication that she is completely opposed to the legal practice.
New Yorkers are still scarred by the site of our representatives holding side-by-side legislative sessions in 2009, refusing to acknowledge members of the other party, like kindergartners throwing a tantrum. The memory of criminals like Joseph Bruno, Carl Kruger, Hiram Montserrate, and Pedro Espada (to name just a few) still haunts the body. And Parker, Meyer’s opponent, allows his violent temper and race baiting to overshadow his work on behalf of minorities and the disadvantaged.
In short, there’s already too many unserious people in the New York State Senate, and even the unlikely prospect of another isn’t funny.
What do you think about Meyer’s candidacy?