Bipartisan Effort Brings Dog Home to Virginia GOP's Tucker Martin

Shutdown got you down? Cheer up. In Virginia there's proof that Democrats and Republicans can come together -- at least when what's at stake is one man's dog.

This moment of bipartisan bonhomie came Sunday. Tucker Martin, communications director for Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, was running with his 9-year-old dog, Blue, on a trail in Poor Farm Park outside Ashland. But along the way, Blue took off, probably chasing a deer.

After searching for 90 minutes with no sign of Blue, Martin turned to Twitter at 1:11 p.m.:

The political director for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Clark Mercer, lives nearby.

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He saw the twitter plea and headed out to search for his political rival's pooch.

At 1:49 p.m., he tweeted "good news found him" with the picture to the right.

Blue was reunited with Martin, minus the Terry McAuliffe bumper sticker.

Martin shared the good news:


Martin told us Tuesday an official Certificate of Recognition from the governor's office is on
its way to the dog rescuer.

Mercer just asks this his hound, Chester (below with Mercer's son Everett), get equal time.

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