Little Mountain, S.C., which has 292 people and one stoplight, also has a job opening: mayor.
“There is currently no mayor in Little Mountain,” said Ezra Klein, filling in for Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show Friday night, “which is odd. (Read more…) The mayor manages about a $90,000 budget — not nothing, plus state grants for school improvements and an elder care facility,” as well as a folk festival that draws 10,000 people that the mayor is charged with organizing.
But in November, the ballot for mayor was blank.
There were a few write-in candidates — but the top two vote recipients turned down the offer. Mickey Mouse and Snoop Dog also received a few votes.
The town now plans to hold a special election in March.
The leading write-in candidate told the New York Times that no one wanted the job because politics no longer has any allure.
“Oh gee, I wonder why. Thank you Washington,” Klein said.
The job also only pays $100 a month.
But, Klein said, it’s also “an interesting story about unemployment. You have a job available, be it one that only pays a hundred bucks a month, and nobody wants it. And that is, in this economy, it is very very rare. A job no one will take. For most available jobs, there are lines out the door of qualified applicants.”
Watch the video, via MSNBC, below.
[VIA The Raw Story]