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


While there is nothing specifically written that says a dog can not 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 wired-haired Vizsla, who is 3 in human years, officially entered the race last weekend.

After Angus Woolley filed, though, it appears that officials found their reason quickly enough. The filing paperwork was signed by Terran Woolley, who was listed as his campaign chairperson.

Woolley said he registered Angus after reading news reports that teenagers had filed candidacy paperwork and there were nearly no requirements on who could run.

"With all the teenagers running for governor, I decided a 23 (in dog years) [year old] candidate is more ready to assume the reins", Angus wrote on his Facebook. "Because I can not point to a law that sets any qualifications to run for governor".

The Secretary of State's office, though, pulled the leash on the pup's candidacy, saying that little Angus was ineligible.

Not so fast. The Kansas Secretary of State's Office says Angus can not serve as the state's governor.

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Woolley suspects the office has an ulterior motive for the decision: Kris Kobach, the current secretary of state, is running for governor.

"I thought, 'Hey, why not Angus?"

Caskey was asked by The Star last September what would happen if a dog tried to run for governor.

"I can't point you to a law that says anything about the qualifications to run for governor", he said to the Kansas City Star.

Caskey that he does not "know what would happen if a dog tried to" run.

"I'm glad, I guess, a dog wasn't allowed onto the ballot because that just... makes no sense", said Republican Rep. Blake Carpenter of Derby, who introduced the bill.