Political Race goes to the Dog!

going to the dogsWe’ve long known that many political candidates are just dogs, and Walt (when he posts) has told us of some of the wacky Texans that have run for office, but here’s one for the books. Apparently one town in Texas is running a real dog for Mayor.

One of the candidates in the race to become Fairhope’s next mayor is considerably more hairy than the rest. He also has twice as many legs and a constantly wagging tail. Wille Bean Roscoe P. Coltrane is a 7-year-old yellow Labrador retriever whose owner has taken a satirical poke at politics by launching the pooch into the race.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) the pooch doesn’t actually have a real chance at being Fairhope’s next mayor because the July 15 qualifying deadline has passed. Still, there is apparently hope for other canines interested in running for office, as — according to the story — other dogs actually have held office.

In 2004, Rabbit Hash, Ky., elected Junior Cochran, a black Lab, as mayor. It was the second canine elected to lead the small Northern Kentucky town, according to the town’s Web site. The first was a mutt named Goofy Borneman, according to Laurie Lamblin, a resident and employee of the town’s historic general store.

Personally I don’t see the problem with having a dog in office, as it is so obvious that so many political offices have been held by horse’s asses.

The Perfessor