Rick Scott, governor of Florida, rescued a Labrador Retriever during his 2010 GOP campaign. After Scott was inaugurated he then returned his rescue dog.
Scott had adopted the Labrador, Reagan, when his campaign had begun and shortly after he was sworn into office he had returned Reagan back to his previous owners.
During the duration of the campaign, Scott posted pictures of his new rescue, even asking the public for help on what to name the newest member of his family.
Scott was regularly congratulated and thanked for saving his new rescue dog. His supporters appreciated the fact that Scott had not gotten a purebred dog, such as President Obama’s dog Bo.
Soon after Scott’s inauguration, people had noticed that they had not seen Reagan. After some digging by reporters, they realized Scott had given Reagan back to his previous owners. Scott had also taken all photos of Reagan off his campaigning websites.
Scott had only kept Reagan for the duration of his campaign. There were no pictures of Regan before the campaign had begun.
Reporters tried to contact Scott’s campaign communications director and also Melissa Sellers, Scott’s current communications director. Both refused to say anything about the vanishing dog.
When Scott was confronted about the missing dog, he responded saying that the dog scarred everyone living in the Tallahassee mansion and that it wasn’t working out. He also said that the dog would continuously bark at anyone carrying any type of object.
While Scott was speaking at last weeks GOP meeting he stated that he believes his time in office shows that he deserves a second term.
Scott also said “Anybody who believes that they want to improve themselves should be a Republican,”.
Many wondered if Scott had spent any time with Reagan before adopting him to see if he would be a good match for the politician. Every rescue dog comes with their own personality and their own quirks.
Some, also wondered if Scott had taken the time to have Reagan trained that he might of actually been a good fit for Scott.
Do you think this is a matter of using a rescue dog to gain supporters?
Did Rick Scott genuinely adopt this dog, and it just wasn’t a good fit?