What is it with the Republican Party and dogs?
Mitt Romney is famous for the incident when his family set off for vacation with the family dog strapped to the top of his car. When asked about it, his answer all but amounted to "Doesn't every dog travel that way on family road trips?"
Today Mike Huckabee announced his latest Presidential campaign, and he hasn't let his son's treatment of dogs get in the way of his political ambitions, nor his preaching of family values, before either. You know the story, his son allegedly hanged a stray dog at camp when he was a teenager, and Huckabee literally wouldn't let the incident get in his way. According to the story, he fired the director of Arkansas's state police over it.
Rick Scott once adopted a rescue dog. Even named it "Reagan." Then he won an election and discarded the dog (seen above) as he would any campaign prop. When asked why, Scott claimed to have good reasons for returning the dog:
He barked "so he wouldn't get better."
Then we have the other extreme at work.
Pam Bondi, Florida's Attorney General, is a well known dog lover. Before she ran for office, she was most famous for a public slugfest against a family who claimed she stole their dog when they fell victim to Hurricane Katrina.
Now, as AG, Bondi's famous for bringing her latest canine adoption victim to Cabinet meetings. Today was no exception. Even Gov. Scott joked with her about it according to reports, asking how many she's adopted so far. She answered with a smile on her face.
And they laughed and carried on this conversation as they were denying hard working Floridians access to affordable health care; even using their hard earned tax dollars in lawsuits to do so.
When it comes to taxpaying humans in Florida who have to choose between feeding their families or going to the doctor, Scott and Bondi say "let them eat dog food."