Mayoral candidate for the Best Party Jón Gnarr, when asked by the Grapevine what parties he would consider forming a coalition with, had but one condition: that they’ve seen the HBO television series The Wire.
Explaining the decision-making process behind possible coalition partners, Gnarr told us, “I don’t really know the people running, and I don’t really differentiate between parties. It depends on the people. If I am hanging out at the Left-Green office and we are all talking about The Wire and all of them agree that it is the best show ever made, and then someone from the Independence Party shows up and they haven’t heard of The Wire, I know who’s fun, and I know who I’d rather work with.”
The reference is possibly made because The Wire spends a great deal of focus on corruption and the inner machinations of Baltimore city hall.
Gnarr doesn’t seem to have a political compass per se, describing The Best Party as “an anarcho-surrealist party” hoping to foment a cultural revolution. However, he frequently comes back to the notion that city politics has grown stale and stagnant, with the different political parties indistinguishable to him.