Rather than hide – as most people would do if their mode of transportation looked like a pogo stick with wheels – May made sure everyone knew it was him by plastering a bright red “May” campaign sticker on the front of his contraption.
One might expect the average politician about to fight allegations of rigging elections by enlisting fake candidates to show up a bit more discreetly. But that’s just not how May rolls.
May buzzed up to the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse about a half-hour before the hearing to determine whether a group of 11 Green Party candidates – four of which May helped qualify for the ballot – would be kicked out of the election.
May remained on his strange chariot during various interviews, repeating a stump-speech about how everyone, even street people, should be allowed to take part in the political process. He got off the machine only when it was time to enter the courthouse.
The whole episode was too odd to ignore. I would have been remiss not to ask May, who was charged with an extreme DUI in 2009, if it’s possible to get a DUI on a segway.
“No! You can’t,” May exclaimed, then pointed a finger skyward and proclaimed, “I wrote that law!”
May explained that he helped craft a law while he was in the Legislature in the late 1990s that classified segways as wheelchairs. That way, May said, it’s impossible to receive a DUI on a segway.
May then recalled a time when he got pulled over by the Tempe police for riding his segway on the sidewalk. May said he showed the police officers his middle finger and explained that he wrote the law and that they had no legal standing to ticket him for being on the sidewalk.
I asked May if he was drunk when he got pulled over by the police that day.
“Probably,” May chuckled.