But only one of them is openly campaigning as a pirate. In Iowa James Hill is running for congress in the first district, setting himself apart by taking no money from anyone, and and calling for people to chain whip him if he ever rides in a limo.
What you see is what you get. I am the only drunken Pirate seeking office in this great nation. What a sad testimonial to our political system when a degenerate like me, feels like the most honest candidate on the ballot.James Hill is open about his failings and questionable history, he makes no bones about being a moral and trustworthy man - except with the public's trust and money.
I would have your wife right in front of you. I would smoke the last of your glaucoma medication. Then I will surely drink your liquor cabinet dry. However, know this my friend. I will never break an oath to uphold the public trust. My affidavit will be signed in my own blood. A Pirates crimson mark, with real binding effects into my after life.At the very least he's an entertaining difference from the usual parade of stuffed shirts, lawyers, and poseurs that run for public office. He holds a variety of populist positions on things and while I doubt he has even a shred of a chance of winning, I'd be tempted to vote for him just on general principle that he can't be any worse than the bums we usually have in office.
Incidentally, the picture shown here is one of Captain Jack's Pirate Hats (the buccaneer), hand-made pirate gear.