When it comes to facial hair, beards are back in a big way, but there’s one field where beards are not appreciated. That field, ladies and gentlemen, is politics. Political candidates with beards are simply a thing that doesn’t happen these days, which is unfortunate as one of America’s best presidents had a beard. However, there’s a political action committee (PAC) looking to make some positive changes for the hirsute politician. A new Super PAC has been set up to support candidates with beards. The Super PAC is called BEARD, or Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy.
“With the resurgence of beards in popular culture and among today’s younger generation, we believe the time is now to bring facial hair back into politics,” said BEARD Pac co-founder Jonathan Sessions, who started the PAC with Andy Shapero. “We haven’t had a bearded major party candidate run for President since Charles Evans Hughes ran and lost in 1916, and there has been a recent wave of retirements amongst bearded Congressmen, including David Obey and Steve LaTourette. Our hope is that we can start to reverse this disturbing trend.”
BEARD PAC hopes to raise unlimited funds to support political candidates, based on their length of beard, quality of beard, and longevity. While the PAC will not support mustaches, they may consider supporting a candidate with only a goatee, depending on the candidate. While the PAC is leaning towards male candidates, they will support a female candidate with a beard. Hopefully this won’t lead to a wave of political beard-shearing incidents.
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