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Gov. Jerry Brown puts dog on hunt for votes

October 22, 2012 |  1:43 pm

Has the campaign for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure gone to the dogs?

As supporters of Proposition 30 struggle to convince voters to approve a multibillion dollar tax hike that is teetering in the polls, they are trying a new pitch to motivate campaign volunteers: reward their work with a visit from the governor’s dog.

Sutter, the governor’s Pembroke Welsh corgi, will visit 30 Democratic Party field offices “to ‘Bark out’ the Vote for Prop 30,” said a release from the party. “Volunteers who show up on tour stops and make at least one hour of phone calls to voters will have a chance to meet Sutter as he travels across the state.”

But wait, there’s more.

Like a chance for volunteers to “get a limited edition Sutter Brown trading card as a souvenir of this unique campaign effort.”

If you want to meet the governor’s dog, fine. Just don’t bring your own.

“Volunteers are also being asked to kindly leave their canine companions at home if they plan on coming into a California Democratic Party campaign office to volunteer for this event as many offices are not set up to accommodate multiple dogs,” the release said. 


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