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'Prince Mongo' hits the campaign trail without his costume

Robert 'Prince Mongo' Hodges Robert 'Prince Mongo' Hodges
Hodges at the Action News 5 Mayoral Debate Hodges at the Action News 5 Mayoral Debate

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - One of Memphis' most buzzed about mayoral candidates hit the campaign trail Thursday, but in a way some people may not have recognized.

Robert 'Prince Mongo' Hodges was out of the spirit gear 'costume' he wore to the Action News 5 Mayoral Debate, passing out campaign posters and bumper stickers while wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

Hodges, known for his normally eclectic appearance, said he doesn't prefer dressing one way over another.

"It depends on how I'm feeling that day as to what I wear," he said.

But Prince Mongo is not going to start dressing up like other candidates, because he believes his spirit gear clothing helps voters distinguish himself from other candidates.

"People are trained in society to look at a person and say, 'Oh he looks pretty. He looks like he is going to be the man because he's got on a thousand dollar suit and he's wearing alligator shoes.'  Well, that don't mean an alligator bunch of crap!" he said.

Hodges argues that you should pay more attention to his position on issues like crime and education instead of his costume. Some voters seem to agree.

"Lot of people laugh at him, you know what I mean - the chickens and all that stuff that he wears - but he's very intelligent," Memphian Joe Houlihan said. "He's a good candidate."

And Mongo believes being different is nothing new.

"Go back into history. Rembrandt, Picasso, Angely...all these people were shunned when they were coming into society their way," he said.

However Hodges says when it comes to shoes , he still won't wear any, no matter what clothing he has on.  And even when he's not dressed in his spirit gear, he's wearing his spirit gear necklace under his shirt.

"Absolutely I do," he said.

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