Campaign Manager Drowns in Bangkok Canal

With the election for Governor of Bangkok less than two weeks away one candidate, Leena Jangjanya, took to the canals of Bangkok last week to speak about the lack of clean water available to the people. While standing on a river taxi she slipped and fell into the murky waters up to her waist. While holding on she could be heard screaming ” it stinks so bad” instead of help. After seeing the video it seemed more like a staged political stunt from a candidate destined to lose.

The next day she held a press conference to speak about the previous days event and show the press the rashes that she had gotten from the dirty water. Instead of talking about the terrible state of the canals which have raw sewage and trash dumped into them she thought another campaign stunt was necessary.

Her unfortunate campaign manager, Thirasak Sitanont, took to the dirty waters of the canal and pretended to bathe. All the while the current was pulling him farther from shore. He could be seen waving and calling for help but campaign staff, onlookers and the candidate herself thought it was all part of the show. He soon disappeared from sight. One hour later rescue workers found his body.

Thirasak Sitanont is survived by his wife who is seven months pregnant.  Leena Jangjanya has suspended her campaign for governor to help with funeral arrangements saying “If I were to continue to campaign after his death, I would be no better than an animal”

And you thought the American election was crazy…


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3 Responses to Campaign Manager Drowns in Bangkok Canal
  1. Chris
    September 28, 2008 | 2:41 am

    Yea, this is crazy stuff. I can’t believe that actually happened. It would be like if Obama or McCain got assassinated (although this wasn’t an actual candidate). Hopefully that doesn’t happen!

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  2. Nomadic Matt
    September 28, 2008 | 5:12 am

    Nice to see you use hostgator too.

    That is crazy. I didn’t see that in the news. That water is dirty…i’m not surprised she got rashes…Those waters need to be cleaned BAD!!

    tragic about his death. A bus in Klong Toey fell into a canal yesterday.

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    • Talen
      September 28, 2008 | 2:13 pm

      Bus rides in Thailand…now that is a scary thing.