I talked with Chuck Carter in Sand City, California yesterday. He ran for the House of Representatives three times in the 17th District here. He ran as a Republican in a heavily liberal (Santa Cruz is in the District) area. He, understandably, lost three times. His campaign slogan: “More Chuck and Less Pork.” But it wasn’t enough to go with the slogan. He and his wife also got a pet, 20 lb baby pig that they would bring with them everywhere (on a leash no less, and it did tricks). The pig even slept with them. “It was kind of cudly,” Chuch smiled — although I noticed Mrs. Carter wasn’t smiling as much… Back in the campaign vehicle, my wife (and campaign manager) Liz — who would never go for the pig — said we should try and come up with some “fun” angle for the campaign like the Carters did. Her initial suggestion was to put a megaphone atop the “average Joe” mobile and play the “average Joe” theme song as we passed through towns. Note: To hear the “average Joe” theme song, go to the bottom right hand section of the home page and click.