In 2010, right after winning the Republican nomination for governor of Florida, Rick Scott adopted a shelter dog, a yellow Labrador retriever.
Scott asked his Facebook followers to help the family choose a name for the dog. They chose the name “Reagan,” because it’s not awesome enough that Florida already has six roadways named after Ronald Reagan.
After winning the general election and moving into the governor’s mansion, the dog disappeared. After being
hounded repeatedly questioned by reporters, Scott finally admitted it: he had returned the dog.
From the Tampa Bay Times, 01/14/2013:
“The Scott family is proud to announce that the name (chosen by you) for their newly adopted pup is Reagan! Thanks to everyone who participated in the fun contest,” read Scott’s announcement on his Facebook page.
Commenters were ecstatic, congratulating Scott for getting a rescue dog instead of a purebred like Bo, the Portuguese water dog President Barack Obama adopted in 2009. And friends saluted the dog’s name, an homage to former President Ronald Reagan.
“What a great looking dog! Glad you rescued him. Reagan will like the Governor’s Mansion!” wrote Christine Haut of Fort Myers.
“Welcome Reagan! What a great family,” wrote Debbie Wiest, Ann Scott’s friend of 40 years.
But where is Reagan today?
Read more at the Tampa Bay Times and Politico.
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