A Florida man who was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in 2012 for donning an ironic Ku Klux Klan outfit and attacking a drag queen with a tiki torch is running for mayor of Wilton Manors, the New Times reports.
At a Halloween party in 2012, Boyd Corbin attended a costume party wearing a striped KKK costume and a sign that said, “Stop the race war against whites. Vote for Romney.” He was involved in an altercation with Michael Walters, billed as the world’s premier Dame Edna impersonator.
Corbin approached the stage waving a tiki torch, and according to Walters, “I turned around and said ‘put that thing out’ and he just kept waving it around, he even thrust it at me a couple of times. Had he come any closer [to Walters’ wig] I would have gone up like Michael Jackson.”
His attorney, Jeff Dean, claimed it was a misunderstanding. “Mr. Corbin wore his costume to put down, mock and ridicule people who are racist and homophobic. Some people didn’t get it and emotions ran high. Mr. Corbin is supportive of the community, is a wonderful person, and is innocent.”
Corbin’s trial on third degree felony assault charges is scheduled to begin on November 10, but on November 4, he hopes to become mayor of the small tourist city trying to imprison him.
“I’ve knocked on like 90 percent of the doors in Wilton Manors,” Corbin told the New Times. “I’ve been doing about two hours a day for the last month, three hours on weekends. I get a real good feel for what’s going on in the city. People aren’t really happy with what’s happening.”
On his campaign website, he claims a corrupt police force is ruining Wilton Manors. “Over the past year the crime rate in Broward County is down,” he wrote.
“But crime is up in Wilton Manors! Home invasions, auto breakins/theft, drug dealers and prostitutes in our parks. Why?” he asked.
“Our police are rewarded for their number of arrests in order to advance their careers. So residents are pulled over for minor traffic infractions, asked if they consent to a search and are arrested when the drug sniffing dog finds a joint in their car.”
“If voters cast their ballots depending on the solutions offered to the city’s issues such as crime, parking and wasting taxpayers’ money, then I will win hands down. The incumbent thinks everything is hunky-dory,” he said.