(MNH) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Dressed in fur from his head to his foot, but without the ashes and soot, Santa Claus Friday announced he is running for Missouri governor.
Santa is actually Leonard Steinman, a local Jefferson City salvage dealer, activist, and disabled Vietnam veteran, who in real life looks startlingly like the Jolly Old Elf himself.
Introduced by his wife Velma as “Santa” at a campaign rally in the Capitol Rotunda that was attended by Steinman’s parents, son, family minister and one reporter, Steinman arrived dressed as Santa Claus. He launched into a rambling statement on fixing state government and against Governor Nixon’s recent Far East tour.
“Our governor went all the way to (China) to peddle meat,” said Steinman. “And he said it was to create jobs in Missouri. I’ve never seen a professional meat packing plant in Missouri. What jobs was he creating?”
Steinman is regarded as a perennial candidate. He’s run unsuccessfully for mayor and city council in Jefferson City. He’s also run for the Cole County Commission and the House of Representatives.
He also ran in the Democratic primary in August of 2010 against 4th District Congressman Ike Skelton. Steinman lost by a margin of 25,919 to 6,268.