Basil Marceaux A Set Up Job ?

Basil Marceaux, the candidate for Tennessee Governor who became a sensation on the Internet after a bizarre appearance on local television, tells us that the whole thing was a ploy to get attention:

“I hate to say this, but I set the Internet up,” he said. “I set the Internet up so they would talk bad about me because it’s the only way to get hits.”

He says that after the filming of the now infamous television slot, a producer told him that his hair was messy and that he’d made some “mistakes.” He says he was asked if he wanted to film it over again, but he decided it was “perfect.”

So, Basil isn’t as wacky as we thought, right ?

(He then goes on to warn the reporter that his life is in danger from the same men who shot Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., and that if the reporter comes to visit him, she should probably bring a rifle.)


H/T: Andrew Sullivan

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    You using Andrew Sullivan speaks volumns about who you are and what you think.  I wonder if you are as concerned as Sullivan is with Sarah Palin’s privates?

  2. Adrienne says:

    Mr. Marceaux is from my hometown of Chattanooga. I wish he represented an elaborate set up, but he’s truly just nutty. He’s run for every office possible in Hamilton County, and simultaneously ran for Congress and governor.
    He has enormous signs that he puts at intersections and shows up at events with his Freemans Bureau jacket. Just look his website. It’s all kinds of crazy. If there was someone behind it, do you really think “growing vegitation for cash” would be a legitimate platform?
    He only has three teeth, so he sounds as though he is slurring words. He explains that in the video posted above, he had to cut down a 6 minute speech to 1 minute.
    Basil has been an eccentric figure in Southeast Tennessee for at least a decade. Now, he’s gracing the entire country. If this is a set up, I’ll start believing every conspiracy theory ever.

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