‘Rich Whitey’ Typo Destroys Richard Whitney Gubernatorial Run In Illinois

Richard Whitney is the green party candidate for governor in Illinois. But a typo might have just cost him the election. His name was accidentally listed as “Rich Whitey” on the state’s voting machines.

Don’t you always feel sorry for people with bad or unfortunate names? Sometimes you’re born with it, sometimes you marry it, but a bad name can haunt you your entire life. For example, “Wiener” is an awful last name. Would you rather it pronounced weenier as in hotdog or whiner as in a cranky baby?

What’s worse than a bad last name? Combine it with a compounding worse first name. “Have you met the Wiener daughters yet? Joy Wiener or Iona Wiener? They’re both still single…”

Public Figures With Bad Names

What’s worse than a bad first name + last name combination? Being famous or notable. For example, Richard Whitney is the green party candidate for governor in Illinois. What’s so bad about being named Richard Whitney? Well, a typo worse than the infamous McDonald’s “Anus” Snack Wrap might have cost him the election.


His name was accidentally misspelled on many of the voting machines in Chicago. Can you guess the misspelling? The “N” was accidentally left out of his last name. That’s right, Richard Whitney‘s name was labeled “Rich Whitey” on the voting machines.

Will African Americans In Chicago Vote For “Rich Whitey”?

So, in keeping with the theme of this blog post… how can things be any worse for Whitey – er – Whitney? Well, unfortunately, many of the City of Chicago voting wards with the typo is predominantly African-American. Oops! How many votes do you think “Rich Whitey” will get from urban Chicago?

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