Vermont gov gives press 1 last dog and pony show

Sunday, December 26, 2010
@Cutline - Body Copy:In his last news conference in office, Gov. Jim Douglas, R-Vt., right, starts Wednesday with a dog and pony show joke, holding the leashes of a dog and pony as local journalists photograph him outside his office building in Montpelier, Vt. (Alden Pellett ~ Associated Press)

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Sometimes derided for his "dog and pony show" news conferences, outgoing Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas used his last one to trot out the real thing.

The Republican governor, who leaves office next month after eight years, appeared at his weekly news conference Wednesday with a miniature horse and a Labrador retriever, in a light-hearted jab at his image. The press corps poked some fun, too, giving him a yellow Walmart greeter T-shirt and a set of scissors to kid him about his penchant for ribbon-cuttings and other ceremonial events.

Douglas will be succeeded by Democrat Peter Shumlin.

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