Sensei Rex, once arrested for fighting drag queen with a tiki torch while dressed like KKK member, now running for mayor
Since Halloween 2004, Gary ‘Sensei Rex’ Milton has not kept quiet. On that evening two years ago, the Reno resident donned an ironic KKK costume, grabbed a tiki torch, and went to the epic Foxy Olive’s holiday party. By the time the night was over, ‘Sensei Rex’ had gotten into a brawl with a drag queen, a scuffle that would eventually land him in criminal court facing felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (tiki torch).
Ever since, he’s been a constant presence in town, making endless speeches about the injustice of his case at City Commission meetings and handing out packets of information. But his one-issue assault on the town’s political establishment has grown: ‘Sensei Rex’ is now running for mayor.
“I’ve talked to every stripper in this town,” He tells Reno Times. “I get a real good feel for what’s going on in the city. People ain’t happy with what’s happening.”
Milton’s own case breaks down to what he says is an inaccurate perception among law enforcement that he was an aggressor in the fight with the drag queen. Actually, Milton says he was just defending himself, and in November, he’s scheduled to go to trial on the assault charge.
In the meantime, ‘Sensei Rex’ has thrown his hat in the race to unseat current Reno Mayor Bob Cashell. Realtor Jeremy Nguyen is the other challenger.
Milton admits that his run for office stems from his criminal case. But the 34-year-old longshot — who has less in his campaign piggy bank than anyone else in the race — has gone all-in on his campaign. Milton’s website lays out his detailed thoughts on a variety of issues, from education to crime to brothel pricing. He says his ‘club to club’ politicking has put him in touch with the real issues facing the town.
“If voters care about the real issues: taxes, parking and the never ending war against raccoons, then I will win hands down,” he says. “I am an eagle and America is my sky.”
‘Sensei Rex’ is equally sanguine about his upcoming court date: “I’m very confident, that tranny swung first.”