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January 4, 2010
Richard Pombo is running--and prairie dogs are worried

Pombo-Prairie Dog.jpgRichard Pombo is jumping back into politics--and the news is causing prairie dogs across South Dakota to dive into their burrows.

Pombo lost his congressional seat in 2006, a victim of the Democratic tidal wave, an intense campaign against him by environmentalists, and of his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Pombo originally won office by claiming to be an anti-politician. But he discovered that politics is fun--so much so that he aims to head south of where he previously served and run for the seat being vacated by George Radanovich.

Speaking of aiming, it was Pombo who held one of the all-time great fundraisers. Back in 2004, when he was chairman of a congressional committee with oversight over Indian affairs, Pombo invited his benefactors to join him on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota. He raised a bundle of money into his RichPac, as the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics found.

There, they could partake in a buffalo hunt. For people arriving early, there was a special treat. As the invitation above says, people with a hankering for little critters could blast away at prairie dogs.

We at Swarm have never savored prairie dog. We couldn't find a recipe at Epicurious. But in some parts of this great land, prairie dog seems to be a delicacy. Here's what we could find. Prairie dog pie sounds especially yummy.

 --Dan Morain

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