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No cloaking his intentions: NC politician resigns — in Klingon

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Indian Trail, N.C., Town Council member David Waddell's resignation note to the mayor.

A town council member in North Carolina told the mayor this week he's resigning — in a letter written in the Klingon language. And next he plans to run for the U.S. Senate, he told NBC News.

David Waddell, who has two years left in his term on the town council in Indian Trail, about 15 miles southeast of Charlotte, resigned Wednesday in a long but otherwise standard English letter to the public. 


Waddell cited long-simmering clashes with the town manager and frustration with what he called cronyism and secrecy. 

But because Mayor Michael Alvarez is "a little bit of a Trekkie, also," Waddell told NBC News, he decided to break the news to him in Klingon — the language of the deadly enemy-turned-ally-turned-enemy race in the "Star Trek" universe of TV series and movies.

"Yes, I did resign, and yes, I did resign in Klingon to the mayor," Waddell said Friday morning. 

"It was part fun," he said, but if you understand the Klingons you know they value integrity, honor and duty above all else, and "that's been a big point of contention between myself and the council."

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Klingons in an episode of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation.'

And yes, the closing "Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign" was meant to signal that while "I'm going away ... I'm not done fighting," he said.

Waddell said he plans to run as a write-in candidate on the religious conservative Constitution Party platform for the seat of Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan this year.

"I'm going to challenge the two-party system and challenge the common way of thinking on a lot of political issues," he promised.

Klingon, of course, is a made-up language, but thanks to the monomania of serious "Star Trek" fans, a full, working language has been created, complete with dictionaries and translations of classics like "Hamlet" and "A Christmas Carol."

If you want to give it a try, you can even search Google in Klingon.

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