Rudy Pantoja

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Rudolph McCoy-Pantoja Jr. (born July 20, 1964)[1] is an American perennial political candidate and resident of Seattle, Washington. He became a meme due to a 2016 viral video of him jokingly identifying as "Hugh Mungus".

"Hugh Mungus" incident[edit]

On August 10, 2016, Pantoja spoke at a public meeting of the Seattle City Council, supporting a new police station in the North Precinct, crediting the police for helping his heroin-addicted daughter getting treatment. Black Lives Matter activists were present demonstrating against the police expansion. At the meeting, activist Zarna Joshi spoke against the new police station and police in general. After the meeting, she videotaped Pantoja's response to her when she asked for his name. When Pantoja responded with the gag name "Hugh Mungus", Joshi responded by angrily and repeatedly asking "Hugh Mungus what?", accusing him of sexual harassment, pursuing him with her camera, and ultimately ending up in an altercation with the authorities present.[2][3] The video gained particular notoriety online following a reaction video posted by YouTube channel h3h3productions, with many citing Joshi as an extreme example of a social justice warrior.[4]

Community activities[edit]

Pantoja chose not to take part in the Great American Boycott on May 1, 2006. He instead was seen sweeping a sidewalk in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.[5]

Following the 2012 Packers–Seahawks officiating controversy, Pantoja attempted to exchange gifts with Green Bay, Wisconsin mayor Jim Schmitt. After Jim's office refused the gifts, Pantoja exchanged gifts with Delavan, Wisconsin mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis. Pantoja sent local beer, smoked salmon and kringles to Mel. In return Mel planned to send a "six or 12-pack of Miller High Life, cheese and fresh venison he hunted himself."[6]

A gardener by profession, he ran for Washington House of Representatives in 1994, 1996, and 2002. He ran for Seattle City Council in 2017.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Pantoja is of Mexican, German and Native American descent and considers himself to be Chicano.[7] A GoFundMe campaign started by Ethan Klein of h3h3Productions in November 2016 raised $155,000 for him after he faced several health problems. Klein originally set up a YouCaring campaign but it was shut down.[8] Some of the problems he faced were a hip replacement, his truck breaking down, and being served an eviction notice.[9]

Electoral history[edit]

Washington State Representative Primary Election District 36 Position 2, 1994[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mary Lou Dickerson 4922 23.32%
Republican Richard P. Cantrell 3343 15.84%
Democratic Mark Lindquist 3316 15.71%
Democratic Jeffrey Coopersmith 3247 15.38%
Democratic Don Moreland 2020 9.57%
Democratic Chris Snell 1965 9.31%
Republican Rudy Pantoja 1442 6.83%
Democratic Cleve Stockmeyer 850 4.03%
Washington State Representative Election District 36 Position 2, 1996[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mary Lou Dickerson 38704 74.53%
Republican Rudy Pantoja 11358 21.87%
Natural Law Bonita Carol Brett 1871 3.60%
Washington State Representative Election District 36 Position 2, 2002[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mary Lou Dickerson 36226 80.40%
Republican Rudy Pantoja 8831 19.60%
Seattle City Council Primary Election Position 8, 2017[13]
Candidate Votes %
Teresa Mosqueda 24,907 30.8%
Jon Grant 19,640 24.29%
Sara E. Nelson 18,704 23.13%
Rudy Pantoja 4,650 5.75%
Charlene D. Strong 4,191 5.18%
Sheley Secrest 3,864 4.78%
Hisam Goueli 2,548 3.15%
Mac McGregor 2,066 2.56%
Write-in 284 0.35%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ralphie (25 April 2006). "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Rudy McCoy-Pantoja Jr". ourcampaigns.com. Our Campaigns. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Guy Says His Name Is "Hugh Mungus," BLM Activist Cries Sexual Harassment (Archive)". Heat Street. 2016-08-22. Archived from the original on 2016-11-03. Retrieved 2017-08-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Candidate Profile: Rudy Pantoja Jr". Seattle Met. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  4. ^ "Hugh Mungus Facebook Meme Mocks 'Triggered' Woman". The Daily Dot. 7 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Immigrants Rally And Hold Boycotts Nationwide". Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  6. ^ "Seahawks fan to exchange gifts with Wis. mayor". The Seattle Times. 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  7. ^ "H3 Podcast #18 - Hugh Mungus". H3 Podcast (via YouTube). Retrieved 4 August 2017. ...It's Mexican-American. My grandparents are from Mexico, and on my mom's side, we got the German and the Native American...
  8. ^ "Hugh Mungus Fundraiser SHUT DOWN". YouTube. h3h3Productions. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Seven candidates file for Seattle City Council Position 8 race". CHS Capitol Hill Seattle. 2017-01-30. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  10. ^ 40229Olympia, Contact Us Washington Secretary of StateElections Division520 Union Ave SEPO Box; Policy, WA 98504-0229902-4180 Privacy. "Election Search Results - Elections & Voting - WA Secretary of State". Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  11. ^ 40229Olympia, Contact Us Washington Secretary of StateElections Division520 Union Ave SEPO Box; Policy, WA 98504-0229902-4180 Privacy. "Election Search Results - Elections & Voting - WA Secretary of State". Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  12. ^ 40229Olympia, Contact Us Washington Secretary of StateElections Division520 Union Ave SEPO Box; Policy, WA 98504-0229902-4180 Privacy. "Election Search Results - Elections & Voting - WA Secretary of State". Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  13. ^ "2017 Results August primary election". Retrieved 2017-08-02.