McDonaldland- In a bizarre twist to an already unusual presidential race, Mayor McCheese announced his presidential candidacy for 2012 early Monday morning.
The giant, hamburger for a head fictional character, who was well known as the Mayor of McDonaldland through the mid 1980's, made the announcement in lieu of Governor Chris Christie's withdrawal for a Republican nomination.
"I feel it is now save to come out and run, without the threat of being eaten.", McCheese said in a press release issued by his campaign earlier today.
Christie made threats to eat McCheese back in June of 2010, by making obscene gestures of rubbing his stomach and saying(in a terrible Scottish accent), "Get in my belly." An obvious reference to the character 'Fat Bastard' from the Mike Meyer's movie "Austin Powers".
It's still unclear as to whom McCheese's vice presidential running mate will be, or what party he'll represent. However, sources indicate Officer Big Mac or Grimace as front runners, both well known advocates of the GOP.
The former mayor has made very few public appearances since retiring from the McDonald's ad campaigns. Although he did make an appearance in "The Wacky World of Ronald McDonald" in 1999, and has been portrayed on Fox's animated television series 'Family Guy'.
President Barack Obama's administration has yet to comment on the mayor's announcement.