Christmas revelers better think twice about voting against Republican candidate Kerry Bentivolio in his bid to replace former Rep. Thad McCotter in Michigan’s 11th congressional district; they might end up on his naughty list.
The Detroit Free Pressdocumented Bentivolio’s extensive career as a Santa Claus impersonator, offering up such ornamental details like the names of two of his live reindeer — Rumples and Aurora — that are responsible for pulling his sled. Bentivolio’s Santa fixation crosses over from quirky to troubling, however. A lawsuit he filed against a former client of his bankrupt housing business revealed that Bentivolio has trouble differentiating between himself and his Santa Clause alter ego:
“I have a problem figuring out which one I really am, Santa Claus or Kerry Bentivolio,” he said in his deposition. “All my life I have been told I’m Kerry Bentivolio, and now, I am a Santa Claus, so now I prefer to be Santa Claus.”
His days as Santa almost got off to a promising start when he received an invite to appear as Saint Nick at the White House.