Parnell, ventriloquist and inventor, makes run for special election in Leeds

October 26th, 2011 at 5:12 pm by under OnPolitix, OnPolitix - Campaign Curiosities
Paige Parnell

Paige Parnell

Former Miss America first-runner-up, ventriloquist and inventor Paige Parnell has livened up an Alabama House of Representatives special election for a seat just outside of Birmingham.

The seat became available after the death of Owen Drake (R-Leeds), who was elected in 2006 and re-elected again in 2010. Drake died of cancer at the age of 75. Gov. Robert Bentley (R) called the special election to fill Drake’s seat.

Parnell, running as the only Democrat for the house district 45, is an unlikely candidate—and an even more unlikely winner. She’s an outspoken performer in an area that is generally known for its conservatism, in both politics and personality. But her campaign is picking up steam, thanks to her somewhat strange and delightful talent and even more so to her campaign’s strange and even more delightful tone.

“I have come to the conclusion that I will be great down there in Montgomery,” Parnell rcenetly said, “because I am good at working with a bunch of dummies.”