That was exactly the case this past weekend as Senator John A Kissel, R - 7th was bitten by an Enfield resident's dog while door to door campaigning. This from the Hartford Courant article:
Kissel, R-Enfield, was campaigning door to door Saturday when he went to a home on Theodore Street. As he walked down the driveway it appeared that no one was home, so he decided to leave campaign literature on the door.
Kissel, who represents the 7th Senate District, recounted on Tuesday that he heard a loud bang, then some barking and growling. He turned to see a brown dog looking at him. He stared back, and the dog rose on its hind legs, Kissel said. He put his forearm up and the Labrador mix bit it.
"I yelled out `Your dog just bit me,'" Kissel recalled. "To be honest, when these events happen, you're shocked."
A man who Kissel said was the dog's owner ran out to see what had happened. The man felt bad, Kissel said, and gave Kissel a bandage. Kissel admits he was probably more concerned about getting the family's votes than tending to his arm as he left.
Kissel continued campaigning, stopping at two more homes, then was joined by Donna Corbin-Sobinski, a school board member who is supporting him. She looked at the puncture wound and told Kissel to see a doctor, Kissel said.
He went to the Enfield Ambulatory Care Center, where the wound was treated and a tetanus shot administered. The dog owner paid for the medical attention.
"In talking to them, they expressed great sympathy," Kissel said.
No political comments here other than mentioning that I am a unpaid advisor to the Kissel campaign. I just thought it was a funny, feel good story worth sharing in this season of debating! I hope you get as much of a laugh at this as I did.
Larry Smith, Hartford Courant, Dog Greats Senate Campaign . Thursday October 5, 2006