Qapla’ : First Klingon Elected to Office in New York State

Klingon Chancellor Martok, under his Earth name of John Hertzler, has been elected to the Ulysses Town Board in Tompkins County, near Ithaca. According to the Ithaca Times, Hertzler was introduced at Democratic party’s caucus in August as

the only Klingon general living in Ulysses.

Hertzler, an adjunct professor at Cornell University’s film and theater department, has the distinction of being one of only four actors to play seven different characters on the various “Star Trek” incarnations. A working actor, he has also appeared in numerous other television series, and is slated to appear in the upcoming film, Star Trek: Anaxar, which begins production in 2014.

A former EPA employee under the Nixon Administration, Hetzler is staunchly opposed to fracking, writing on his campaign website:

The immense and under-reported risks of environmental destruction of land, air and water quality due to this particular drilling technique is not compatible with human habitation and must not be allowed to happen here. I have invested everything I have in this home and I will not see it destroyed for the sake of short term profit by some oil and gas company based in Houston or Tulsa or Norway.  I do believe in encouraging other business and industry here such as expansion of the vinyards  and tourism, dairy farming, grain farming, and home building… all life-affirming and appropriate manner of development for our region.

Qapla’, success and good luck, Chancellor Martok!

14 Responses to "Qapla’ : First Klingon Elected to Office in New York State"
TobyWollin | Friday November 8, 2013 11:55 am 1

This is classic Tompkins County/Ithaca regional stuff — probably highest per capita consumption of solar, wind, Berkinstocks, hybrid and electric vehicles, organic locally grown food, and in the Finger Lakes to boot. The guy also probably has his campaign office (if he has one – could be he operated off a kitchen table) at the Rongovian Embassy in Trumansburg. :)

Lisa Derrick | Friday November 8, 2013 12:00 pm 2
In response to TobyWollin @ 1

Yankee diner rules!

Elliott | Friday November 8, 2013 12:02 pm 3

Lisa Derrick | Friday November 8, 2013 12:05 pm 4

And for Klingons who prefer to sing along in their native tongue, ENJOY.

Phoenix Woman | Saturday November 9, 2013 08:00 am 5

Qapla, indeed!

cassiodorus | Saturday November 9, 2013 09:04 pm 6

Songs will be sung about this day!

eCAHNomics | Saturday November 9, 2013 09:07 pm 7

Have any actors won major political office from the left?

CTuttle | Saturday November 9, 2013 10:47 pm 8
In response to Elliott @ 3

Oh snap…! Even the comments are translated, Ellie…! ;-)

zapkitty | Saturday November 9, 2013 11:43 pm 9
In response to CTuttle @ 8

Hmmm. The Klingon language apparently has no equivalent word for “environmental”… this would explain much.

homeroid | Sunday November 10, 2013 12:27 am 10

I am trying so hard to find something that is very trekie. Wishing the best for the Klingons. My hope is that they can adapt to bullshit. Seems to be what we live on on this planet.

Lisa Derrick | Sunday November 10, 2013 03:58 am 11
In response to eCAHNomics @ 7

Nope. They don’t seem to run. They may talk about it, or explore it, but in the end they don’t run.

cassiodorus | Sunday November 10, 2013 06:34 am 12

When do we see Michael Dorn attain public office?

ThingsComeUndone | Sunday November 10, 2013 06:42 am 13

Tea Baggers and Frackers risk War with the Klingon Empire! :)

perris | Monday November 11, 2013 05:41 am 14
In response to eCAHNomics @ 7

franklin doesn’t count?

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