On a foggy Florida morning shortly before his first-ever general election, soon-to-be Congressman Ted Yoho was grinding down the teeth of a quarter horse named Little Man. First, Yoho injected the 1,000-pound animal with a tranquilizer.
Then he yanked Little Man’s tongue out of the way and, with a full-body motion that evoked both dentist and lumberjack, took a 15‑inch filing tool to his back teeth.
Yoho was glad for the break from campaigning. Before deciding to challenge the 12-term Republican Congressman Cliff Stearns in last August’s primary, Yoho had spent three decades working as a large-animal veterinarian.
With his 6-foot-2 frame, strong arms, and growing belly, he still looks more at home in a barn than he does at a lectern—a quality that helped propel him to one of the biggest primary upsets of 2012 and, this January, to Washington.
@FranJurga writes: Dr. Yoho made the news this morning, already, by voting against Representative Boehner as Speaker of the House.
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