If all politics are local, then the ugliness of 2016 is on full display in Oyster Bay, New York.
Tuesday morning, New York State Assembly candidate Dean Hart, a self-described "corruption-bashing machine," started handing out 100,000 rolls of toilet paper with Town Supervisor John Venditto's photo on them to protest the fact that Oyster Bay is becoming "the butt of [everyone's] joke."
At issue is Venditto's handling of the Nassau County town's budget — Oyster Bay is New York's only municipality with a "junk bond" rating from Standard & Poor’s, according to Long Island's "Newsday."
The town has nearly 300,000 residents, and its local government is made up of one town supervisor and six council members.
Hart, a Democrat who's seeking a state assembly seat representing the area, has made waves with attention-grabbing campaign promises such as a plan to erect a $1 million marble statue of musician Billy Joel outside Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island.
His opponent, New York State Assemblyman Michael Montesano, is a Republican who has served in the state assembly since 2010.
Montesano is not doing enough to honor Joel, Hart said in a press release.
"My opponent is either impotent or is simply not trying, because everyone loves Billy Joel," Hart said. "No wonder Albany is a mess, our representative can't do something as simple as renaming a small portion of a road in Billy Joel's backyard, where there's near universal support."