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‘Rent is Too Damn High’ party founder sues the D.C. Board of Elections

The D.C. Board of Elections is too damn traditional.

Jimmy McMillan, founder of the "Rent is Too Damn High" party. Used under the Wikimedia Commons license.
Jimmy McMillan, founder of the “Rent is Too Damn High” party. Photo used under the Wikimedia Commons License.

At least, that’s what Jimmy McMillan, founder of the “Rent is Too Damn High” party, claims in a lawsuit levied against the Board of Elections on Thursday.

McMillan wants $130,000 in damages after the board refused to let him put his party’s name on the ballot because it said the word “damn” would offend the city’s elderly, according to court documents.

McMillan became a household name after Saturday Night Live parodied his persona and frequent election bids. His New York-based party has also gained Gawker fame .

It’s not the first time the word “damn” has caused a stir in D.C. politics. In April, a group of candidates from the District Democratic State Committee got on the ballot after they changed their name to the “Rent is Too Darn High Party.”

Here’s the skit from Saturday Night Live:

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