Mark Latham had a long and notable political career as leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition, as well as holding the awesome title of "shadow minister" for education. Maybe that super villain title went to his head and caused him to engage in diabolical behavior, or maybe he was just an asshole.
Latham was known for occasionally referring to handicapped opponents as "deformed," dropping to the floor at dinner parties to do push ups to impress women, acknowledging he'd probably piss on his opponent if they were standing at urinals together, promising more "bling bling" for everyone if he became Prime Minister and for calling a journalist a "skanky ho." But we're told none of that is necessarily unusual in Australia.
However, when he wind-sprinted down a street after a cabbie who had allegedly stolen his briefcase, tackled him and then broke his arm, things started to get a little weird.
During the 2004 election campaign, Latham met his opponent publicly and shook his hand, while at the same time pulling the small man towards him and possibly giving him Eskimo kisses.
Later in his life, while having dinner at a restaurant with his sons, his picture was taken by a photographer from a newspaper. Latham, channeling his inner diva, lunged at the man and took the camera, smashed it to pieces and called the man a pedophile, which is probably a natural reaction when you're a public official and see someone in a public place taking pictures of you. He faced several charges for that but was kind enough to send all the tiny camera pieces back to its owner in the mail.
In 2006, Latham wrote a book called A Conga Line of Suckholes. We never found out what the book was about, because we were afraid there'd be pictures.
After he had left politics for good, dealing with various health concerns, another politician who had become an advocate for depression awareness took the time to publicly diagnose Latham as having bipolar disorder. Latham took this poorly and said it hurt him and his family, apparently preferring the public go back to the original diagnosis of "asshole."
Probable Mental Illness:
We're going to agree with the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. For an example see fellow Australian Russell Crowe, in real life.
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