Vote Penguin

The Penguin Post endorsed him and now the people of one Edinburgh district would rather have a penguin represent them on city council than a Liberal Democrat. At least, that’s what the results of the Scottish capital’s latest election would suggest. Mike Ferrigan, an independent candidate and climate activist who campaigned for Edinburgh City Council dressed as a penguin, got more votes than the rival Liberal Democrat and Green Party candidates, STV News reported. Ferrigan, who answered to the name Professor Pongoo on the campaign trail, received 444 votes in the Pentland Hills ward, compared with 370 for Liberal Democrat Stuart Bridges and 322 for Green Party candidate Phyl Stuart Meyer. The candidate campaigned on the promise to go to every city council meeting in the penguin suit if elected. “The purpose of doing that will be to bring some lightness and humor to the affair,” Ferrigan told STV News. “This may help bring about a more consensual approach to politics within the chamber.” This isn’t Ferrigan’s first foray into politics. The candidate had previously helped organize a five-year-long vigil for a Scottish Parliament and was recently involved in Occupy Edinburgh, according to the Scotsman newspaper. Though Professor Pongoo pulled in more votes than two of his rivals, the penguin won’t be making regular appearances at city hall. The ward’s three seats went to candidates from the SNP, Labor and Conservative parties.

Professor Pongoo during the campaign.


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