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Another Republican who’s not good with dogs

You remember Mitt Romney, don’t you? He’s the guy who lost the presidential election a few months ago.

He’s also the guy who became notorious for having driven 650 miles over the course of 12 hours with his dog Seamus confined to a carrier strapped to the top of his car.

Well, guess what! Another prominent Republican politician has now distinguished himself as not exactly a dog person. He’s Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

When Scott was running in the 2010 election, he conspicuously made it known that he had adopted a Labrador Retriever (above) and conspicuously made it known that he had named the dog Reagan. Brilliant politics! With one master stroke, Scott presumably endeared himself not only to dog lovers but also admirers of the late 40th president of the United States.

But that’s not where the story ends. HERE‘s the rest of it:

As it turns out, no one has seen Rick Scott with his dog since the day before he took the oath of office. Asked about the dog, the governor’s aides initially refused to discuss the matter. Aides to the governor’s wife also ignored requests for information.

You can probably guess where this is headed.


It took several days, but eventually, the governor conceded that he got rid of the dog about a month after taking office. Apparently, Reagan “barked like crazy” around the governor’s photographer and made people in the mansion uncomfortable, so the lab was sent back to All Pets Grooming and Boarding, a business in Naples.

Scott already has a painfully low approval rating; I don’t imagine this will help.

And while it’s safe to assume next year’s gubernatorial race in Florida will focus on a wide variety of issues, I have a hunch we’ll be hearing about Reagan’s departure, too. Stories like these have a way of lingering — and if you doubt that, consider whether you heard anything about Mitt Romney’s Seamus over the last year.

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  1. Those Labs are such vicious dogs. One can only hope that Reagan soiled the carpet before he left.

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