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Rescue dog traded in: Gov. Rick Scott fesses up on missing Lab

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(Read caption) Florida Gov. Rick Scott had his rescue dog traded in after the yellow Lab didn't get along well with others. Here, four dogs share a bed at an Alaskan dog rescue organization, Jan. 4.

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So your children – and constituents – want you to get a family dog

Sounds like a dandy idea, right? They’re cute, loyal, teach responsibility to the kids and look awesome in a pre-general-election photo shoot. (The dogs, that is. Not necessarily the voters.)

But before you head off to the SPCA or start browsing all those doggy photos on Petfinder.com (you’re getting a rescue dog, of course – even the liberals can’t mess with you on that one), take a moment to ponder the lesson of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Reagan.

That would be Labrador retriever Reagan, mind you, not President Ronald.

Over the past few days, a media storm has been brewing around the first term GOP governor’s dog status. 

See, soon after Gov. Scott won the Republican nomination for governor in 2010, he delighted voters by publicly acquiring a cute yellow Lab.  Thousands congratulated him on his choice to take home a rescue dog, rather than a pup from a breeder, a la President Barack Obama.

(Yes, the Labrador retriever, dog of the people. Not like those Democratic, non-shedding Portuguese Water Dogs.)

Scott held an online contest to name the animal, and then happily shared the winning moniker with his Facebook friends.

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