All it took was a group of admirers to get Vladimir Franz, a 53 year old opera composer with no political experience to speak of, to run for the Czech presidential election.
After spending the equivalent of $25,000 (all donations) on his campaign, which didn't even include posters, Franz, nicknamed Avatar, is believed to likely be backed by 1 in 9 voters during this week's Presidential election.
Franz notes that the Czech people are fed up with corrupt politicians not keeping their promises, even after more the 20 years after the fall of communism. Franz's platform would highlight human rights, democracy, the importance of education and the nation's moral standing.
His tattoos, an eccentricity that might not be tolerated of a presidential candidate here in the States, has made Franz quite popular with the younger voters.
At the end of 2012 he had 88,000 signatures from the public. Impressive considering law only requires 50,000.
In mock presidential elections held at over 400 high schools last month, Franz won by a landslide, taking 40% of roughly 60,000 votes!
Avatar is currently 3rd in the polls for the upcoming election.