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The Lorax, the “shortish and oldish and brownish and mossy” character with a “voice that was sharpish and bossy,” was created by Dr. Seuss in his 1971 environmentally themed children’s book by the same name, in which the Lorax “speaks for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” And it was the title of a quirky 2012 feature film starring the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift.
But did you know that the Lorax was a write-in candidate for public office in Idaho, and garnered three votes in the Nov. 6 election?
“Idaho Lorax,” with a home address of “General Delivery” in Pocatello, submitted the necessary paperwork to the Idaho secretary of state’s office to be an independent write-in candidate for the Idaho Legislature in Idaho House District 29, Seat A. It – or he? – was the only write-in candidate to file for the Idaho Legislature this year. You can read my full Sunday column here at spokesman.com, which also notes that in Idaho's final election results, of the 34 people who had filed as write-ins for president on the Idaho ballot, Roseanne Barr was by far the most popular.
"Unless someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It's not." - The Lorax
I grew up loving The Lorax by Dr. Suess. Explains a lot, eh?
Dr. Seuss, speaking through the Lorax, warned against the dangers of progress and what it held for the environment. He was an observer. He chronicled what happened. He was sad. But the new Hollywood adapation gets it wrong. (Spoiler alert!) The new film has pratfalling, Danny DeVito, and rainbow vomit animation.
It gets worse! Now The Lorax is selling cars!