Politics has definitely gone to the dogs and it is reality for one dog in the small Minnesota town, (pop. 1,032), of Cormorant.
For the third election cycle, Duke the Dog, a nine-year-old Great Pyrenees, has overwhelmingly won the top spot as Cormorant’s Mayor!
“Everybody voted for Duke, except for one vote for his girlfriend, Lassie,” Duke’s owner David Rick said.
Duke is rather popular these days and even has his own social media.
Duke’s third straight victory was decided during this past weekend’s Cormorant Daze festival. According to one local, Duke is the only dog mayor in America, a claim that the residents of several dilapidated and corrupt cities would like to contest.
Owner David Rick says Duke’s reign started as an “accident,” with Duke winning on a write-in campaign. This year his only competition came from his girlfrend, Lassie, who received one vote before bumping up against a glass ceiling we didn’t even know existed.
As of this week, Duke’s mayoral duties take a backseat to his work on a nearby farm, a humble existence that surely keeps him grounded in the kind of regular American life with which most candidates have lost touch.What’s more, no one seems less impressed with Duke’s success than the dog himself: He just puts on his little mayor’s hat, does some panting, yawns, and receives pets from his supporters. Later, we predict a nap.
Maybe Cormorant is on to something.
I am sure Duke is doing a better job representing the people than a lot of our elected officials!
Maybe Duke could go to the White House for a few years and straighten up Washington DC a bit? Heck, I even have some people he could replace here in Texas! Retire Cornyn with Duke the Dog! Has a great ring to it!
You have to love American politics! In the words of Forest Gump: It’s like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get!