A likable candidate’s not-so-near miss

Being in his 90s didn't stop Albert Mezzetti from running for governor.

San Joaquin County’s candidate for governor, Albert Mezzetti, a vigorous, 92-year-old rural Manteca Democrat and darkest-horse candidate  — well, he didn’t win.

But Mezzetti did garner 7,179 votes.

Mezzetti ran on an odd platform of gun rights, feminism and weaning youth from brain-frying marijuana.

“Fortunately God has been good to me,” Mezzetti wrote me in all-caps last year. “I have all of my natural teeth, run three miles every day, all in perfect health and know that two plus two is four.”

Mezzetti garnered 0.2 of the popular vote. One wonders how these 7,179 voters came to choose an obscure nonagenarian.

Some 123 of them came from San Joaquin County. Here, Mezzetti got ink not only for his gubernatorial run but for his proclamation that if he didn’t win the governorship he’d take the job of San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools.

As for his statewide supporters, one can only conjecture. Candidates were listed alphabetically; Mezzetti appeared on the ballot next to the winner, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Some Newsom voters may have checked the wrong box. But then, maybe some Mezzetti voters accidentally voted for Newsom, too. Who knows?

Other voters may have selected a candidate with the “eenie, meenie, miney, moe” method.

Anyway, we congratulate Mezzetti on his showing.

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