ANNA Pierre, a registered nurse who claims to be “nuts for Jesus” SOOO wanted to become mayor of North Miami, but voters decided she was just plain nuts, and yesterday she finished up seventh in a seven-candidate race, having polled just 56 votes (0.83 percent).
The top two vote-getters, Kevin Burns and Lucie Tondreau, advanced to a June 4 run-off for the post.
Pierre said during a stop at the Gwen Margolis Community Center yesterday morning as the polls opened:
Yes, Jesus endorsed me! I’m not nuts, if I’m a freak and nuts for Jesus, let it be! Let the world know that Jesus is it and when you have Jesus on your side you can go on.
Pierre said the endorsement came to her in “a revelation” while on the campaign trail:
I don’t know about if he likes me more, but what I can tell you, I know he loves me very much. If it wasn’t for the love of Jesus I wouldn’t be standing here today.
Last month in North Miami, Pierre, a Haitian native who recorded a hit pop song before coming to America, claimed someone had placed voodoo artifacts outside the door of her campaign office.
The items included candles, food and dolls with pins stuck in them, said Pierre, who believes one of her opponents may have been behind the intimidation.
The voodoo stuff, I don’t know who’s doing it, but I’m not afraid. It’s just intimidation to … slow me down. But you know what? I’m not going to slow down until the finish line.
Voters Tuesday remained slightly skeptical of the Jesus endorsement. One voter, Grover Rawlings said of Pierre’s claim:
Well, I thought ‘I wonder if I ought to vote for this person to maintain the cosmic balance. I mean, I want to stay on the good side, it’s a pretty powerful endorsement if it’s true.
Kevin Burns didn’t have much to say about Pierre’s Jesus claim,’ cept:
I can’t even touch that one.
Off topic but equally barmy is this story of the rejection by Marks and Spencer’s of a birthday card created on-line by 77-year-old Ruth Levy. She received a “profanity” warning when she addressed the card to a 90-year-old friend called Dick.
Hat tip: Paul Duveen (Miami report)