Sec. of State Says Kansas Dog Can Not Run for Governor


HUTCHINSON, Kan. — With paperwork filed, a furry, four-legged candidate is entering the Kansas governor’s race.

Paperwork filed Saturday shows Angus P. Woolley, of Hutchinson is running to lead his state. Angus, a wire-haired vizla, says he is “ready to assume the reigns.”

His filing paperwork was signed by his campaign chairperson, Terran Woolley. Tina Woolley is listed as the campaign’s treasurer.

Angus, who says he’s 23 in dog years, says his campaign promises include “soft couches, tempurpedic beds, free-for-life universal chuck-it ball supplies and a completely anti-squirrel agenda.”

The gubernatorial candidate announced “Babe” as his lieutenant governor.

 Update 9: 15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12:

Not so fast. The Kansas Secretary of State’s Office says Angus cannot serve as the state’s governor. Why there is nothing specifically written that says a dog cannot run to lead the state, the secretary state’s office says man’s best friend is not capable of serving the responsibilities required of the governor.

The Hutchinson dog’s owners had filed the paperwork to make his candidacy official last weekend.

‘Basically, I was reading some stories about the young teenagers that were entering the governor’s race and I thought, ‘I wonder what it takes to be in the race,’ and I thought, ‘I wonder if my dog, Angus could run,'” Angus’ owner Terran Woolley says.

Woolley says after reading through some bylaws and requirements for Kansas governor, he realized his dog really could run for office.

(KWCH for CBS News)

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