6/3/15 Aljazeera America
MEXICO CITY—Mexicans often refer to their politics and politicians as a joke. But some of the buffoons in the upcoming June 7 midterm elections are professional ones. Like Guillermo Cienfuegos, better known as Lagrimita — Little Tear Drop — a famous circus clown and children’s television star, who has been running for mayor of Guadalajara, the second-largest city. “It’s time for a real clown to govern,” reads one of his political ads, picturing the purple-nosed candidate in a red suit and striped bow tie.
The 2015 elections are the first here to include independent candidates with no party affiliations, part of a 2014 constitutional reform that some welcome as a healthy path to pluralism and democracy. Mexicans will elect 500 congressmen, nine state governors and hundreds of local officials around the country in a race that even President Enrique Peña Nieto admits is a referendum on his administration.