Texas man dressed as clown nominates himself for Austin Energy CEO after week of outages: ‘Most qualified’

A Texas man, upset by the way power outages were handled after last week’s storm, attended a city council meeting on Thursday, dressed as a clown and claimed he was fit for the job as CEO of Austin Energy. More than 348,000 residents were affected by the storm.

During the official statement portion of the conference, entertainer Alex Stranger, known for his performances at city council meetings, was called to the podium to address the council members.

Strenger, who wears a rainbow wig, face paint, a big red nose, a yellow shirt and a multicolored polka-dot tie, said: He said he wanted to speak in support of 39 and 81. .”

According to the agenda posted on the city’s website, Item 39 deal with member deletion and replacement, among other relevant circumstances; Item 81 Written specifically to “Approve a Resolution Directing City Auditors to Conduct a Comprehensive Audit of the Austin Energy Vegetation Plan and Austin Energy’s Response to the February 2023 Winter Storm Event” rice field.

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Austin, Texas resident Alex Strenger attended the City Council meeting on Thursday, February 9, 2023, dressed as a clown and was named CEO of Austin Energy. (Austin City Council Livestream/Screengrab)

Strenger began his allotted time by stating that his mother told him to “dress appropriately for the job you want to do,” and dressed as a clown because he wanted to name himself Austin’s next CEO. I attended a council meeting. energy.

In a statement meant to make fun of the liberal city’s priorities, Strenger said Austin needs leaders aligned with what’s important to its residents, including “fighting climate change.” I was.

“We need to get to net zero by 2030. Honestly, if we’re going to reach those goals, we shouldn’t be using electricity at all, get it?” He emphasized that he had proved he was “firmly committed to saving the planet” by destroying a gas stove on fire.

Alex Strenger addresses Austin City Council members at their February 9, 2023 meeting.

Alex Strenger addresses Austin City Council members at their February 9, 2023 meeting. (Austin City Council Livestream/Screengrab)

Strenger said he would be a strong candidate for the position because his “priorities are very aligned with the city” and with past administrations of Austin Energy. He added that he included pronouns and the Ukrainian flag in his Twitter bio.

He also pays $350,000 to $500,000 a year to support his lifestyle, fund his cocaine habit, and care for his wife, who “has stage 5 testicular cancer.” said it was necessary.

“I’m also 23 and took my test and found out I’m 3% black, so not hiring me would be a literal act of violence,” he said.

Strenger concluded his statement by saying that he truly welcomes the nomination for the position.

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His satirical speech came a day after Austin Energy announced it had restored power to more than 99% of its customers who had been without power for several days after last Wednesday’s winter storm.

About 150,000 Austin residents were without power during the peak of the blackout. Local news outlets reported Wednesday night that about 230 residents were still without power a week after he died.

Austin Energy previously said nearly all remaining customers can expect power to be restored by Sunday, February 12, but changed the timeline to “well before Sunday” on Tuesday. .

The Lineman crew works to restore power to the area after a winter storm in Austin, Texas, USA, Friday, February 3, 2023.

The Lineman crew works to restore power to the area after a winter storm in Austin, Texas, USA, Friday, February 3, 2023. (Jordan Vonderhaar/Bloomberg via Getty Images)


Disgruntled city councilors called at Thursday’s meeting to also include a job evaluation of Austin Mayor Spencer Kronk.

“The management of this situation and the lack of clear, timely and accurate communication has left our community in the dark, so I have added an urgent item to this morning’s agenda. It is unacceptable. The city of Austin can and will do better,” said Mayor Kirk Watson, who took office last month, in a statement Monday.

Also on Monday, Cronk told Fox News Digital that he respects and respects the mayor’s and city council’s decision to “ask questions, gather information and consider decisions in the best interest of the city.” He also said, “I am extremely proud of our city officials and community volunteers for their tireless efforts.” after the storm came.”

Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report

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