Liberal bloggers have seized on the tale of how Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) returned his rescue dog, Reagan, after his 2010 campaign.
The story emerged after Tampa Bay Times reporters wondered why they'd never heard anything about Scott's rescue dog after he took office in January 2011. They asked various communications staff, who refused to answer.
Eventually Scott himself provided the answer:
"He was a rescue dog,'' Scott said, "and he couldn't be around anybody that was carrying anything, and so he wouldn't get better."
Scott said Reagan never bit anyone but "scared the living daylights'' out of people at the mansion. He said one kitchen employee threatened to quit and photographer Eric Tournay was frightened when the dog "barked like crazy'' every time he saw him with a camera.
Reagan was returned roughly a year ago to All Pets Grooming and Boarding. The Scotts now have a new rescue dog, Tallee.
This story probably won't go away, given its potential for launching emotive attacks on Rick Scott (e.g. "The cruel tale of Rick Scott's Rescue Puppy.")