A dog contesting for governor in a U.S. State of Kansas has been disqualified, though there is no law prohibiting animals from running for elections in the state.
But the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office this week determined that Angus can’t serve as the state’s governor — not because he’s the top dog, but because he’s a dog.
“A dog cannot run for governor,” Samantha Poetter, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office, told CNN in an email statement. “Kansas statute and the Kansas Constitution make repeated references to a person being Governor. Nor can a dog carry out the statutory and constitutional duties required of a Governor.”
Angus’ owner and campaign manager, Terran Woolley, told CNN that his dog’s decision to run was inspired by headlines about gubernatorial candidates in the race.
Kansas is one of only three states, along with Vermont and Massachusetts, that don’t have age requirements to run for governorship, according to the National Governors Association. That giant loophole has inspired six teenagers to run for governor in Kansas this November.
“With all the teenagers running for governorship, I decided a 23 (in dog years) candidate is more ready to assume the reigns,” a post on Angus’ Facebook page reads. “I promise soft couches, Tempurpedic beds, free for life universal chuck it ball supplies, and a completely anti-squirrel agenda.”
Woolley and his wife, Tina, treasurer of Angus’ campaign, filed the paperwork last week.
“Basically, I just looked at the teens running and it got my curiosity flowing, like ‘Well, what does it take to run for governor in Kansas?’ ” Terran Woolley said. “I opened up the little bylaws and the government website and realized basically there are none. It wasn’t that I thought teens running are stupid. I was just kind of like, ‘Well, maybe my dog could run.’ ”
Angus is a hunting dog of the wire-haired vizsla breed. He is a Republican, Woolley said.
“In Kansas, if you’re not a Republican you’re not going to win,” Woolley said. “I basically said I’d have to get him [Angus] a gun, he’ll have to be anti-abortion and a staunch conservative, even though he’ll cut taxes and spend more money than any governor ever.”