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Monday, May 24, 2010


It is becoming a tradition in this country that at some stage in a general election campaign some newspaper will dress somebody up as a giant animal or bird (normally a chicken) and then send them to follow one of the poliical leaders around the country. Sometimes the perpetrator is one of the other political parties.

It can be an effective tactic as Republican candidate, Sue Lowden has found out to her cost in Nevada. According to this site she suggested that people who are too poor for medical care could offer chickens to their doctors in lieu of payment.

As a result she has suffered weeks of ridicule including the Democrats setting up a website, "Chickens for Checkups," and sending volunteers in chicken suits to her campaign events.

State election officials have responded by adding chicken suits to the list of banned items at polling places.

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