Doggone! Labrador Runs for Mayor of Alabama Town

If you can't lick 'em, join 'em, muses Willie
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2008 2:59 AM CDT
Tress Turner gets a kiss from her dog, Willie Bean Roscoe P. Coltrane at The Coffee Loft in Fairhope, Ala.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A new candidate has bounded into the running in the mayoral race in Fairhope, Alabama, reports the Press-Register. Townspeople sick of the endless politicking are backing 7-year-old Labrador retriever Willie Bean Roscoe P. Coltrane for mayor. Supporters note that Willie Bean is the only candidate to have American Kennel Club certification—and any skeletons in his closet have long since been eaten.

Some of Willie Bean's backers think the pooch should be setting his sights on the White House, although he may need to toughen up a little for the world of politics. "When a little dog barks at him, he cringes and he runs away," said his owner.