The mirth-makers at Fireside21 have once again thrust political pooches into the spotlight, rounding up some 30-odd photogenic pups for the 2014 “Top Dog” competition.
Winston, the English lab belonging to Jon Corley, then-press assistant to Texas Republican Mac Thornberry, bested some six dozen pets with ties to Capitol Hill during last year’s inaugural roundup.
Other fan favorites included:
- Most Competitive = Milton; House Press Gallery. Breed: chow chow.
- Best Hair = Lucy; Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky. Breed: mini goldendoodle.
- Most Likely to Succeed = Conan; Congressional Research Service. Breed: hound/beagle.
- Best Smile = Balto; Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas. Breed: German shepherd.
- Most Athletic = Banjo; Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass. Breed: border collie mix.
- Biggest Flirt = Harley; Agriculture Committee. Breed: worthless.
- Most Regal = Lucy; Abled Americans. Breed: dachshund.
- Biggest Party Animal = Tanner; Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill. Breed: Yorkipoo.
- Best Advisor = Pepper; Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif. Breed: Norwegian elk hound mix.
Although this year’s crop of dog-testants has only begun winning over the hearts and minds of the Internet-enabled public (the winner won’t be crowned until Oct. 15), certain prejudices appear to be steering early balloting.
People seem to prefer sparingly-used props — as in the case of the stress toy-chomping shih poo belonging to Wisconsin Democrat Gwen Moore.
That seems to be besting overly-produced moments, a la the flag-draped westie put on parade by California Republican Ed Royce. Full story