The world mourns the death of groundhog Chuck. He died back at the Staten Island Zoo of internal injuries. The cause? Politico Bill de Blasio had dropped Chuck on Groundhog Day. Here is that coverage in the New York Post.
The use of the four-legged as political props has to be subjected to what I call The On-The-Ground Rule. Sure politicos can showcase their dogs, cats and more. But the performance art has to take place when the animal is planted firmly on its four feet. Lifting it has proved to be risky business.
Has the de Blasio Brand suffered a long-term setback? Time will tell.