Rep. JoAnne Favors let it be known Monday on the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives that Legislative Plaza is no place for pooches.
The Chattanooga Democrat complained of a debilitating case of cynophobia that’s been acting up lately.
“A few weeks ago, Madam Speaker, I spoke to you and Chairman McCormick about my extreme fear of dogs. And I know my blood pressure is up sky-high right now — I just encountered a dog down in the plaza,” said Favors. “I am very upset about this, Madam Speaker. I think it’s so unfair that I have to deal with dogs here in this plaza.”
House Republican Leader Gerald McCormick, also of Chattanooga, later concurred. Legislators should refrain, he said, from inviting friends, confidants or constituents into the Capitol who don’t readily pass for actual human beings.
“I would ask anyone who is bringing animals into the plaza — I don’t care if it’s dogs, cats, chickens or goats — please do not bring them here. Leave them at home,” said McCormick. “I don’t want to have to come figure out who has animals in the plaza and chase them out.”