2013 Best Campaign Stunt: Jeff Wagner’s Cedar Lake ad

With 53.49% of votes, Jeff Wagner’s message of “Wake the **** up, Minneapolis” easily won this year’s “Best Campaign Stunt” award – no 34 rounds of balloting needed.

Mr. Wagner received the most national attention out of the entire slate of mayoral candidates in 2013. He was featured on MSNBC, Deadspin, Al Jazeera America, Daily Mail, etc. The ad’s “shirtless hero aesthetic” was compared to the imagery often used by the Vladimir Putin regime, but apparently it’s less effective here in Minneapolis.

Mr. Wagner received 164 first place votes and was defeated in the 16th round of ballot counting.

Second place

Cam Winton’s press conference in a pot hole.

Cam Winton standing in a pothole. Monday, May 6, 2013

38th and Zenith, Minneapolis’ most famous pot hole. Karen Boros at MinnPost has the analysis.

Cam Winton received 7511 first place votes and was defeated in the 33rd round of ballot counting. He was the fourth candidate standing, behind Hodges, Andrew, and Samuels.

Third place

Cam Winton’s Rabbit & the Hare press conference about city permitting

Cam Winton's tortoise and hare overshadowed the poor cardboard jukebox he also brought.

Cam Winton’s tortoise and hare overshadowed the poor cardboard jukebox he also brought. Sarah McKenzie has the highlights over at the Southwest Journal.

Fourth place

Jeff Wagner rounds out the Streets.MN Top Campaign Stunts of 2013 with “Shoegate,” a video apparently overshadowed by his own swimsuitgate, receiving only one vote in our poll.

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3 Responses to 2013 Best Campaign Stunt: Jeff Wagner’s Cedar Lake ad

  1. Matt Steele
    Matt Steele December 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    As the resident Streets.MN political candidate, I’m thankful I *didn’t* make the list.

  2. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke December 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    well deserved! somehow, i hadn’t watched that video before.

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