Henry Grabar is a staff writer for Slate’s Moneybox and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.
Yes, that Jose Canseco.
During the Rob Ford era, Torontonians sometimes wondered if they could possibly have a more ridiculous mayor.
Yes. Yes they could. #Yeswecanseco.
Former baseball player Jose Canseco -- onetime Toronto Blue Jay, part-time entrepreneur, all-time goofball -- is investigating the possibility of running for mayor in Toronto. On Tuesday, he indicated something of the sort might be in the cards when he tweeted this New Year's resolution:
6.Get elected to a important political office in the U.S. or canada to help all people and governments with there problems— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) January 2, 2013
Fair warning. Today he got into specifics:
Need exact guidelines of what I need to run for Toronto mayor and how long it takes to claim residency. #yeswecanseco— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) January 4, 2013
For now, it seems unlikely that Canseco, who is Cuban-American, will be able to acquire Canadian citizenship in time to run. The Toronto Star is reporting that Canseco emailed the paper this morning conceding that the citizenship issue was a difficult hurdle. But in the meantime, he is already taking on the issues:
Dear Torontonians tweet me what needs fixing so I can start working on things.I know the Jarvis bike path and NHL strike are key, more?— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) January 4, 2013
Whatever happens, you have to admit, #yeswecanseco is a superb political slogan.