A candidate in today's mayoral election in North Miami, Florida wants voters to know that she's received the ultimate political endorsement: that of Jesus Christ himself.
Anna L. Pierre, a registered nurse and former 90s Creole pop star (see video below), touts the divine endorsement on campaign posters and on her website, which boldly proclaims that "Anna Pierre, RN is endorsed by Jesus Christ" alongside an illustration of Jesus holding a shepherd's staff.
The candidate, who also goes by the name Princess Anna Pierre, told Local 10 reporter Janine Stanwood that she learned of Mr. Christ's "spiritual endorsement" by praying before she registered her candidacy. Pierre also claimed to have received three signs confirming that Jesus is, in fact, on her side.
When Stanwood asked what those three signs were, Pierre replied, "Well, I'm going to keep them private."
You believe her, right?
Here's the campaign flyer from Pierre's website:
Florida State Rep. Daphne Campbell, a spokeswoman for Lucie Tondreau -- one of Pierre's six opponents, whose campaign headquarters sits across the street -- said her candidate was undeterred by the claim. Campbell told Local 10:
Well, listen, that's [Pierre's] opinion. That's her belief. We have to respect that. She wants Jesus to endorse her, that's okay.
Note to Rep. Campbell: no, you don't have to respect that belief. Because it's not okay, so much as just plain nuts.
This isn't the first time Pierre has made headlines in the race to become mayor of North Miami, a suburban community of about 60,000 people ten miles north of Miami. Last month she told a local NBC affiliate that she was a victim of Haitian voodoo spells. Pierre alleges that someone placed candles, food, pennies, and dolls with pins stuck in them outside the door of her campaign office on Easter Sunday. She also says she's received nasty phone calls and had campaign signs stolen, and believes an opponent may be responsible.
But Pierre is taking it all in stride, telling the Miami Herald, "They can put all the voodoo they want. I'm a Christian woman. I'm not scared."
By tomorrow we'll know whether Christ's approval was enough to keep her opponents' voodoo spells away and send Ms. Pierre to the North Miami mayor's office.
Mr. Christ could not be reached for comment on this story.
And here's a video of "Suk Su Bon Bon," Anna Pierre's 1990s Creole-language hit. (If the title looks familiar, that's because it's included on her campaign poster.) According to the Miami Herald, in this song Pierre "demands that her husband put sugar on her 'cookie' or else she will leave him."
Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction...