It’s official. A 3-year-old wire-haired Vizsla named Angus P. Wooley cannot run for governor of Kansas now or in the future.
Paperwork was filed and signed by the would-be candidate’s owner last week to create a candidate committee for the dog, but the Kansas Secretary of State’s office quashed the dog’s run before it even started.
“Officially, we will not allow a dog to run for governor,” Bryan Caskey, the elections director for the Kansas secretary of state’s office, told Kansascity.com. “There’s several laws that reference that the governor has to be an individual or a person, and so we are relying on that, and if a dog comes in to file for office, we will not allow that.”
Terran Woolley, Angus’ owner, had other thoughts, joking that perhaps the secretary of state felt that Angus was a threat to his run for governor.
“I feel that maybe the secretary of state is scared of facing him in the primary or in the general election, I guess, since Angus is a Democrat,” Woolley told Kansascity.com.
Republican Rep. Blake Carpenter introduced a bill that would create requirements for those seeking higher office, including certain qualifications.
“I’m glad, I guess, a dog wasn’t allowed onto the ballot because that just … makes no sense,” he said.
But could you imagine what it would be like under Governor Angus? Dog parks in every city! No-kill shelters in the state! Free trips to the local butchers!