New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. a candidate for mayor for the largest city in America and, as revealed in an article to day in the New York Times, he is also a Trekkie. The article also reveals that he has the support of none other than the original Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy. Thompson joins what seems to be a growing list of Trekkie politicians.
Next Mayor of New York a Trekkie?
The article in the New York Times is titled ‘Live Long and Prosper’ Could Be His Campaign Slogan‘ Although Thompson says he does not attend conventions, the 55-year old talked about being a fan of TOS since the 60s.
You had space travel, you had planets, you had a guy like Spock, who was half human and half Vulcan, and you’re a 14-, 15-year-old kid sucking it all in…It opened up new frontiers, and it made you think.
Thompson also discussed bringing his kids to the new Star Trek movie and explaining to him how it was different:
I was telling them after the movie was over about how it was very different from the original. The graphics, the special effects; they were unbelievable. I was, like, ‘Wow, look at this stuff!’
Thompson is taking on billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. To do so he has been trying to build up his war chest and he has got some help from Leonard Nimoy. Both Nimoy and his wife attended a fundraiser for Thompson and contributed the maximum allowed ($4,950). Nimoy tells the NY Times:
Since he is in danger of being outspent, I find it logical that my contribution should elevate his financial resources to equal those of this opponent.
After hearing the story of how President Obama flashed a Vulcan salute to Leonard Nimoy, Thompson said he regretted holding back from doing the same.
For more see the NYT article.
Thompson pursues Trek DVDs in Manhattan (NY Times)
More NY area Trekkies
It is also interesting that the NY Times contacted the Mayor’s office to find out if Bloomberg was a Trek fan, he is not. Is it a sign of the Trek resurgence that the NYT is getting confirmations on candidate’s status as Trek fans? Now that President Obama has shown himself to be a Trek fan, everyone seems to want to get in on the action.
In early May the office of the Mayor of Newark, NJ. sent out a press release (w/ photo) about Mayor Corey A. Booker hosting a screening of the Star Trek movie where he tested the audience on Star Trek trivia. The release noted that Booker is a "long-time Trekkie."
Mayor Cory A. Booker inspects a Newark child’s model of the starship “Enterprise” (City of Newark)
And in April New York congressman Dan Maffei appeared on The Colbert Report and during the interview he admitted he was a Trekkie and even put on a beard to portray the Mirror Universe version of himself (which got him some good coverage in his local press).
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And it isn’t just the New York area. In April Minnesota House Minority Leader Marty Seifert used a Trek analogy to make a point about a bill being debated.
So seems that being a Trekkie is bi-partisan. Is being a Trek fan a new kind of political litmus test? Should the presidential debates of 2012 include questions regarding the nature of canon and the timelines in the new Star Trek movie?