The Simpsons: Mayor Quimby
Joseph "Joe" Quimby, Jr., aka "Diamond
Joe" (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) is a fictional character
featured in The Simpsons animated series. He has long served as the Mayor
of the fictional city of Springfield, and appears to be a slick, sleazy
politician whose only interest lies in staying in power for the fringe
benefits it brings. Those benefits apparently include squandering tax
dollars for personal use, and gaining access to large numbers of nubile
young women. He speaks with a New England accent which resembles that of
John F. Kennedy. Like the president, the mayor comes from great wealth,
and lives on a lavish coastal estate with his family not unlike the
Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts. He may also somehow
related to actor Rainier Wolfcastle, who is modeled after Arnold
Schwarzenegger, husband of the President's niece, Maria Shriver.
Wolfcastle has been spotted at Quimby family functions. He does not get
along with local police chief Clancy Wiggum.
Assisted by his equally slick and sleazy aides, Joe can be expected to
turn up at any public event and promise exactly what the audience wants to
hear. For instance, after discovering that the only thing that interests
the residents of the Springfield Retirement Home is Matlock
(a TV detective series that ran between 1986 and 1995), he promptly
decides to name a new freeway the "Matlock Expressway". He is
also known to be a womanizer and to occasionally amuse himself with
pornographic playing cards during particularly boring town meetings.
It has been implied on occasion that Joe is connected to Fat Tony, the
local Mafia Don.
a member of the United States Democratic Party, was elected mayor of
Springfield in 1986, and has been re-elected several times since, despite
rather open admissions of fraud and wrongdoing. He once admitted to using
taxpayer dollars to fund the murder of his enemies, but thanks to a clever
use of a popular catch phrase ("I'm a bad wittle boy"), he was
re-elected in a landslide. The fact that Quimby was a draft dodger who
smokes marijuana and routinely cheats on his wife has earned him the
hatred of Springfield's small but vocal Republican elite. With Sideshow
Bob as their candidate, the party rigged a mayoral election, which briefly
deposed Quimby. He was re-instated when Bob was found guilty of fraud and
For much of the series, Quimby's reign in Springfield was unquestioned.
However, it seems that he may get into some political trouble, as his
womanizing has led to a large amount of pregnancies. These women held a
protest in one of the episodes.
In the episode Lisa's Wedding, set several years into the future, we
find out that Quimby eventually relinquished his position as mayor and
ends up being a cab driver for Otto's taxi company using the alias
"Mohammed Jafar," a likely reference to disgraced former West
Virginia Governor William C. Marland's turn as a cabbie in Chicago after
The mayor's surname is taken from Quimby Street, which is on the north
side of Portland, Oregon, Matt Groening's hometown.
- "Can't we have one meeting that doesn't end with someone
digging up a corpse?"
- QUIMBY: "All right, I'm in charge here."
WIGGUM: "Oh, run along Quimby. I think they're dedicating a phone
QUIMBY: "Watch it you talking tub of donut batter."
- QUIMBY: "Are they [the crowd] getting dumber or just
AIDE: "Ah-h, [checks his clipboard] dumber sir."
- AIDE [whispering]: "Election in November, Election in
QUIMBY: "What? Again!? This stupid country."
- "Did I, uh, hear a briefcase opening?"
- "Can't this town go one day without a riot?"
- "I stand by my racial slur."
- "Do you mind?! I am just trying to have a quiet meal with my
secret other family!"
- "Vote Quimby."
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