Latest Super PAC to Push ... Bearded Candidates
Those with goatees will be considered; mustache only? Forget it
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2013 1:15 PM CDT
Charles Evans Hughes, the last bearded candidate to run for president of the United States of America.   (©)

(Newser) – At last, a super PAC that can be described as hirsute—it's Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy, aka BEARD, a political action committee dedicated to advancing bearded candidates. Founded by Jonathan Sessions and Andy Shapero, BEARD is as quirky as you might imagine: A planned committee will work to root out fly-by-night beards by investigating the quality and longevity of candidates' facial hair, reports the Raw Story. A mustache alone won't be enough to qualify, but goatees will be considered "on the right candidate," says Sessions.

Sessions notes that the US had not had a "bearded major party candidate" make a bid for the White House since Charles Evans Hughes in 1916; further, bearded congressmen like David Obey and Steve LaTourette have retired in recent years. "With the resurgence of beards in popular culture and among today's younger generation, we believe the time is now to bring facial hair back into politics," says Sessions. He adds that BEARD is not opposed to funding female candidates, should a bearded one appear. (Slate took a lighthearted look at the long-running lack of political beards during the 2012 election.)

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GrooveBack
Apr 5, 2013 8:36 PM CDT
Should a bearded woman appear? Does he mean one who doesn't have a Brazilian?
793tango
Apr 5, 2013 8:06 PM CDT
I want to form a PAC to elect more cats to public office.
793tango
Apr 5, 2013 8:03 PM CDT
Makes as much sense as any other political PAC I've seen. Why not?