NYC ‘Rent Too High’ candidate retiring from politics

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NEW YORK — A New York City man who ran for governor on the claim that “the rent is too damn high” is stepping away from politics.

The New York Times reports 69-year-old Jimmy McMillan has announced his retirement from politics, citing a lack of support for his agenda.

McMillan says in a news release dated Tuesday that voters were “totally brainwashed” and criticized elected officials for not securing rent reduction for city residents.

McMillan won about 41,000 votes out of more than four million cast in the 2010 gubernatorial race. He also ran for mayor.

He says the Rent Is Too Damn High Party is for sale, “trademark and all.” His attorney, Vincent Imbesi, says his client hopes to gain financially from stepping away from his one-man political party.

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