The Burlington Free Press reports:
[O]n Tuesday night, March 12, just before 7 p.m., the small Vermont town officially swore in a goat as mayor.
The vote had been a close one.
Town Manager Joe Gunter came up with the idea as a way to raise money for a school play ground. Kids throughout the town were allowed, for a modest $5 fee, to nominate an animal of their choice for the position of Mayor. All told, more than a dozen made the run for office, even a dog named Stella who liked to suck a baby pacifier.
Some in town are not convinced that voters made the right choice.
â€œItâ€™s been baaaaad so far,â€ joked one municipal employee, who refused to be identified for fear of retaliation â€” of butting heads â€” with the new administration.
But on Town Meeting Day, Lincoln the goat was the clear winner, beating out the pack (â€¦ or herd?) with 13 votes.
And although the swearing in was a success, within minutes of assuming office, the police chief was already dealing with the Mayorâ€™s first mess; he grabbed a broom and dust pan after her Goatness couldnâ€™t wait for a bathroom.
â€œNote the crap,â€ joked Mark Gutel, owner of local coffee shop Kinder Way Cafe. â€œItâ€™s just like any other meeting.â€
A step up from Bernie Sanders, in my humble opinion.