Days before Rep. Charles B. Rangel would face his toughest reelection to date, the 84-year-old congressman invited voters Saturday to join “Uncle Charlie” on the streets of Harlem for a flash mob dance party.
But also Saturday, the Rangel team promoted a “Vote for Rangel” rap written “by a very enthusiastic Rangel supporter" named Londel Davis III, rap name Fireboy LD, the campaign said. They played it at the rally and blared it from the sound truck as they drove through the district looking for votes.
Lyrics include: “If you're voting for Charlie put your hand up high ... yes he’s superfly, if you're a Democrat yeah that’s the guy, yeah that's my guy, check the box … ”
Now is this the best campaign ditty ever? We'll let you be the judge.
Here’s a playlist of some of the best campaign jingles (just in time for the summer travel season!):
Rick Santorum for President supporters Haley and Camille Harris penned this for the former Pennsylvania senator ahead of Super Tuesday in 2012. The tune praises Santorum policies on everything from abortion to outsourcing to taxes and was inspired by Santorum’s election night speech in Iowa that began with the words – you guessed it – “game on.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) got mixed results when he released this ad featuring a remake of Jimmy Dean song “Big John” during his 2008 campaign. It was mocked so thoroughly by the left that Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee put the ad on its site.
But Cornyn got the last laugh: He defeated his opponent Richard Noriega 55 to 43 percent.
“Charlie Wilson for Congress”
After then-Ohio state Sen. Charlie Wilson (D) fell short of the signatures he need to qualify for the ballot in his 2006 congressional primary, he was forced to launch a write-in campaign. Enter the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and a really, really catchy country jingle. He won his three-way primary and went on to win the general election.
This jingle is a Fix reader favorite.
Warner’s jingle was everywhere during his campaign for governor in 2001. It helped communicate to voters in Southern Virginia Warner shared their values, even though he was from the northern part of the state.
It worked in 2001 – could we see a remix in 2014?
“I like Ike for President”
An oldie but a goodie. Helped elect President Dwight Eisenhower to his first term as president in 1952.