A friend of mine in the Legislature dug up this little historical tidbit:
In 1945, the Wisconsin Legislature actually had an official mascot – Trooper was a male German Shepherd seeing-eye dog who was made the official legislative mascot by 1945 Joint Resolution 80. Trooper even got his own picture in the state\’s \”Blue Book,\” which is the biennial almanac of state government. Here it is:
In 2003, whenÂ I was working in the Legislature on the Taxpayer\’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), a co-worker of mine and I decided that TABOR really needed a mascot toÂ really give it the momentum it needed.Â We picked an alligator with sunglasses, which, of course, is the universal symbol of fiscal restraint.Â Sadly,Â the cartoon alligator wasn\’t enough to convince the Legislature to pass the constitutional amendment.Â
Of course, this leads one to wonder what an appropriate mascot for the 2007 legislature should be.Â Feel free to comment with suggestions.Â Here\’s my first crack at it:
June 7, 2007 at 8:26 am
I’m thinking barnyard. That bear looks too scary to be the Legislature (unless you imagine it going for your wallet).