From The New Yorker:
Two weeks after Gawker published a shirtless Craigslist photo of Congressman Chris Lee and solicitous e-mails he sent, leading him to resign, Ian Murphy, one of his erstwhile constituents, prank-called Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, and now has his eye on Lee’s vacant seat.
Murphy, editor-in-chief of the Buffalo Beast, the alt-weekly turned national monthly turned Web ’zine, had been considering a run for Congress even before he called Walker, pretending to be David Koch, and became a viral sensation. (Who is David Koch? Jane Mayer explains.) “I was in the process of figuring out how I could possibly get thirty-five hundred signatures or entice some loser party like the Green Party to endorse me—not that I think they’re losers, their politics are great, but I think they’re going to lose,” he told me on the phone Thursday. Both “seemed completely undoable.”
But as one Internet-driven scandal cleared the seat, another has earned Murphy the Green Party’s attention. Eric Jones, co-chair of the New York Green Party, told me that he would be meeting Murphy Wednesday evening to discuss politics…
If the meeting this evening goes well and Murphy enters the political ring, he may need to learn to play nice—or not. “I would hope that I could announce my candidacy in a clown outfit,” he told me. It would be a conservative choice, next that of the Beast’s publisher, Paul Fallon, who announced his congressional run, in 2002, in the nude. Clearly, when it comes to New York’s twenty-sixth district, it pays to wear a shirt.