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Meet Magglio Ordonez, Socialist Mayor

Remember Magglio Ordonez, former White Sox and Tigers slugger?

Now meet Magglio Ordonez, the newly elected mayor of Sotillo, a city in eastern Venezuela.

Ordonez is a member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and a supporter of President Nicolas Maduro, who announced the six-time All Star’s election at a rally Sunday.

Maduro is known to turn to celebrity candidates to help bolster support in the midst of rising anger with his economic policies.

Ordonez is among a majority of pro-government candidates who won one of the 335 races nationwide.

The article did not mention whether Ordonez, who hit 294 home runs over 15 big-league seasons, will redistribute the $133,470,746 he earned along the way.

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Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.

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