BOSTON – Though Jimmy Tingle has long made biting political humor a staple of his stand-up routines, he insists his dive into Massachusetts politics is anything but comic relief.
The Cambridge-born comedian and social activist is running as a Democrat for lieutenant governor, a job with little visibility and few official responsibilities.
The 62-year-old Tingle said recently to the Associated Press that while some people might think he’s joking, he’s serious about getting involved in government. He earned a degree in 2010 from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
He’s not the first to go from seeking laughs to seeking votes – Democrat Al Franken navigated from “Saturday Night Live” to the U.S. Senate.
Former White House science adviser Quentin Palfrey is the only other announced candidate for lieutenant governor.
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