Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) Used a Dog Named Reagan as a Campaign Prop
This is sickening:
Shortly after winning the GOP nomination in 2010, Rick Scott announced to the world through Facebook that his family had rescued a Labrador Retriever.
And, with help from his Facebook friends, Scott gave it a name: Reagan.
“The Scott family is proud to announce that the name (chosen by you) for their newly adopted pup is Reagan! Thanks to everyone who participated in the fun contest,” read Scott’s announcement on his Facebook page.
Commenters were ecstatic, congratulating Scott for getting a rescue dog instead of a pure bred like Bo, the Portuguese Water Dog President Barack Obama adopted in 2009. And friends saluted the dog’s name, an homage to former President Ronald Reagan.
Gawd. How corny. I already feel sorry for the dog.
But where is Reagan today?
The last time Reagan made the newspapers was the day before Scott was sworn in as governor in January 2011.
Asked last week what had happened to the dog, Scott’s current and former communications directors refused to answer.
Late Wednesday [last week], [Brian] Burgess [Scott’s campaign’s communications director] testily emailed that he was working on an answer and recognized “the potential for a PR nightmare if the Tampa Bay Times doesn’t receive a photo of Reagan next to today’s copy of the Tampa Bay Times. So take it to the bank I’m getting you every bit of info I can lay my hands on.”
A spokesman for the governor’s wife also declined to respond to questions about Reagan, saying only that they have one dog.
“Her name is Tallee and she is a 7-year-old rescue Lab,” said Jackie Schutz, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Scott.
Where Tallee came from and where Reagan went were still unknown.
On Monday, the Times asked the governor to clear up the mystery.
“He was a rescue dog,” Scott said, “and he couldn’t be around anybody that was carrying anything, and so he wouldn’t get better.”
So the Scotts gave the dog back to his prior owner, Scott said, about a month after the family moved to Tallahassee. The governor’s office on Monday told the Times it was trying to find Reagan and its new family.
After learning that Times reporters had talked to the governor, a spokeswoman called to say Reagan had been returned about a year ago to All Pets Grooming and Boarding, a business in Naples.
won the Republican nomination to run for governor in late August, 2010. He won the election the following November 3rd and, as the above article says, he was sworn in on January, 2011. But the last time anyone heard about ol’ Reagan was the day before Scott was sworn in.
Now we know Reagan was who-knows-where between January 2011 and January 2012, and he’s been at All Pets Grooming and Boarding for roughly the past year.
I’ve gotten so worked up putting this post together I don’t know what to say. If Rick Scott was in front of me right now I’d probably do something I’d regret.
I mean, think about it: the whole fake compassionate conservative thing; the supposed love of Ronald Reagan. Ugh. This is just disgusting.
Kind of reminds me of George W. and his fake Crawford “ranch:” Texas Town Adjusts to Life Without Bush.