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Will Mitt Romney’s Dog Influence the Election?

Will Mitt Romney’s Dog Influence the Election?


No matter how hard Mitt Romney and his team may try, the GOP presidential candidate and his team can’t shake off the so-called “Seamus incident.” You haven’t forgotten the story, have you? In 1983, the Romney family set off for their annual family vacation, taking the 650 mile/12 hour journey with their crated dog Seamus strapped to the roof of their car.

It is difficult to forget the horrific story; so much so that some voters are questioning his ability to lead the most powerful country on earth. What does it say about a person’s character that they think nothing of putting an innocent animal in that situation?

A survey by Public Policy Polling found that 35 percent of voters are less likely to cast their ballots for the GOP candidate because of the Seamus incident. The campaign, “Dogs Against Romney” has over 50,000 Facebook fans, and they’ve collaborated on a satirical book about the incident, “Dog on the Roof!: On the Road with Mitt and Mutt,” set to be published by Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone Publishing next month. Indeed, the Seamus incident will likely have a bigger impact on the upcoming presidential election than the Romney team wants.

So what do you think? Does this incident impact your perception of the GOP hopeful? Will it change the way you cast your ballot? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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3:47AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

let your voice be heard VOTE

9:22AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

The plight of Seamus only further added to my resolve to keep this maniac from a position of running our country. He neither has the heart or intelligence to be the President. He doesn't have the spine or wherewithal to do the right thing in the face of adversity. He's an idiot marshmallow with sh*t for brains. I have NO idea how this lightweight even got into the position of candidate. I know the Repubs thought he had the most chance to beat Obama...but really...that just further tells me that the Repubs have no love for their country...they are far more interested in getting on top so they can CONTROL...not govern.

8:54PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Romney was a millionaire even then- he could have BOUGHT an RV to transport family and dog.. WTF?

8:51PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

@Christie F: No doubt you have swallowed the Kool-Aid from the Romney propaganda cult, but I will give it a try. 1. It was and is illegal to transport an animal on top of a moving vehicle. Mr. Romney, a politician and government official was clueless as to this law; 2. It is inhumane to transport a living creature on top of a moving car; hence the dog's stress response. Were Mr Romney the average American Joe, struggling to make ends meet to take his family on vacation w/ the beloved dog, I would venture to say that most people might forgive him. However, w/ Romney's amassed fortunes, he could have afforded to give the dog his own limo and driver! 3. Hosing down an already stressed dog & putting the WET dog back in the windy crate is unthinkable. And of course, it is beyond foolish to compare the actions of a grown man towards a sentient being with the actions of a young child eating what he is given by adults. Just no comparison! As far as your diatribe on horse slaughter, puppy mills and Korea... I must confess...I totally lost track of any logic, reasoning or connection to the matter at hand!

10:13AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

As an animal advocate, this certainly gets my attention, but it is not the deciding factor. It demonstrates his character as a cold, calculating problem-solver who is uninfluenced by the consequences of his decisions or actions, whether at prep school, Bain, selling a defective dressage horse, the company he keeps, mismanaging his own state as governor, or pandering to whatever audience he happens to be addressing with whatever lies, twisted truths or myths he can muster. Seamus was only one in a long line of victims at the hands of Mitt Romney's pursuit of power and greed. The big question is: will America be the next?

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

For dogs and many people this is still a major bone of contention and Romney still wears the Dog Cone Collar Of Shame.

Thankfully I live in Canada where while Prime Minister Stephen Harper is not a politician that I can is unlikely that we will witness him driving cross country with his cat Stanley stuffed in a crate on top of the car any time soon.

8:05AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Nomore than Obama eating dog will affect t he election--silliness and really ignorant article

6:04AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

I hope it will: people won't vote for this animal abuser!

11:43AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

This is just one of the MANY reasons I would NEVER vote for this idiot!

8:28AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

I won't vote for him, and that's only one of the many reasons!

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