Not-So-Lucky Stars of Political Theater

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In 1979, when punk rock was reaching a high, screeching note, Biafra — born Eric Boucher — threw his hat in the ring and amazingly came in fourth in a field of 10 candidates, in an election that was wild, even by San Francisco standards.

An outspoken critic of "corporate feudalism," Biafra promised to outlaw cars from the city. Under his administration, he swore that businessmen would be forced to wear clown suits. He promised to set a "Board of Bribery" in an attempt to set standard public rates.

Biafra's campaign slogan: "Free Beer."

Dead Kennedy fans gave the front runner and eventual winner Dianne Feinstein a real "Holiday in Cambodia," vacuuming leaves from her lawn to mock her promise to clean up the city.

In all, Biafra garnered 6,600 votes and city officials were so shocked, they proposed a law to restrict candidates from using funny names on an election ballet.

Citizen Munster: Contrary to popular belief, Al Lewis is not a dead man — he just played one on TV, cackling into America's collective conscious as Grandpa on The Munsters.

In 1998, when the 88-year-old left-wing activist stepped in as the New York Green Party's gubernatorial candidate, he jokingly said he had to remind people he was among the living both because of his age and his work as a comedic vampire.

The Green Party took a turn to the gangrene after former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, the party's first choice to challenge Gov. George Pataki, turned them down.

But once the Greens settled on Lewis, they hardly ran from his Munster past. They even fought, albeit unsuccessfully, to have their candidate listed on the ballot as "Grandpa Al Lewis."

At the very least, the Greens were hoping Lewis had the name recognition to earn the 50,000 votes needed to secure the party a permanent spot on the statewide ballot. But this Munster became something of a political horror show, after he called convicted mob boss John Gotti "a friend" and embraced Al Goldstein as "America's greatest pornographer."

Lewis and the Greens had to sweat it out. On the day after the election, Lewis had 49,741 votes. Luckily, once the absentee ballots were counted, Grandpa Munster rose from a political grave, securing the final few votes needed to keep the New York Greens on the ballot.