really, actually) a near-illiterate clown.
Running on slogans like “It can’t get any worse” and “What does a congressman do? The truth is I don't know, but vote for me and I'll tell you," Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silva, better known by his clown name Tiririca, received more than 1.3 million votes in Sao Paulo state in Brazil's presidential and congressional elections. (That was more than double the votes for the second place candidate.)
Looks like he just got a pay raise.
Ahhh – Brazil.
To be fair, the elections in the States this time around have a few clowns as well, but they come dressed as politicians.
UPDATE: Today on the radio I heard that Tititica has ten days to demonstrate an ability to read and write or he will lose his opportunity to serve in Congress. Comedians are having a field day. People are joking that he's going to take a mni course to just get over the bar. As Ray points out in the comments, if this guy serves he will then be entitled to a government pension for life. Crack those books Tiririca!