Congressional Cosplayer Or Elaborate Joke?

So it all started here as the posted a story about congressional hopeful Jake Rush having a deep dark secret in his past… he used to role-play as a vampire. The 35-year old republican attorney had just recently launched his campaign in North Central Florida, taking on incumbent and tea party member Ted Yoho. But it came out on the morning of April 1st that Rush is a member of the Mind's Eye Society, an authorized Camarilla fan club.


Now, for some of the weird things we've seen in congress I'm not exactly sure why we'd care that a member of the government had a hobby… but the blog seemed to think this was vital information to put out to the world.

Rush responded with a press release and a photo covered by various sources including the Business Insider.


In his response Rush talks about his love of gaming and theater and the charity work he has done being part of MES. He's also performed Shakespeare and as part of an improv acting group.

Any other day this story was posted it would be fun fodder for our site… but since the majority of this activity took place on April Fool's, you have to consider it all pretty suspect. Ted Yoho is the United States Representative for Florida's 3rd district… and there was an announcement for Rush's candidacy on the 20th of March. Is Yoho really being challenged by a role-playing, Flash cosplaying republican named Rush? Is this one of the most elaborate practical jokes in a while? If you had news like this, would you release it on April 1st? We'll have to see. I have to tell you, I doubt it but I hope it's true.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.