Meet the Duke, dog-mayor of a Minnesotan village
By Brian Reynolds
Meet Duke, the top dog in Cormorant, Minnesota. Duke is a 7-year-old Great Pyrenees and he’s the newly-elected mayor of the small village of 12 people. On August 16, Duke was sworn into office. In a WDAY6 News report, Tricia Maloney, a resident of Cormorant, commented on Duke’s victory, noting that, “He won by a landslide.” Tricia also felt sorry for the man who lost the election. “Poor Richard Sherbrook who owns the Cormorant Store, he didn’t even have half as many votes as Duke did.”
Don’t feel too bad Richard, it can be tough competing for attention against a dog, especially one as popular as Duke. Tricia notes that you can often bump into Duke while you’re grabbing a pint. “He’s used to coming to the pub and getting some burgers and some fries or something” Duke the dog-mayor: truly a man of the people.
Duke celebrated his political victory by receiving five hours of grooming and was given a new outfit to help him look more like the leader he is. Resident David Rick even says that Duke is making the community more safe, “What he does is when the cars are coming through town, they’re hitting town at 50 miles per hour, and he slows them down.” Duke the dog-mayor: tough on crime.
The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon, fired off a tweet comparing Cormorant’s new mayor to Toronto’s infamous Mayor Ford.
A Minnesota town just elected a dog as mayor. The mayor pees in the street & eats out of the garbage. Toronto said “Been there!” #fallonmono
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) August 15, 2014
So how will the town of Cormorant compensate their newly elected mayor? Well thanks to the kind folks from Tuffy’s Pet Food in Perham, Minnesota, Duke will have a year’s supply of kibble free of charge. Duke the dog-mayor: already enjoying the perks.
If there are any fat cats at City Hall, Duke is the right mayor to chase them away. Go get ‘em Duke! That’s a good boy!