A new Political Action Committee, BEARD PAC, has launched this week in support of bearded political candidates. The Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy (BEARD) filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Wednesday.
“With the resurgence of beards in popular culture and among today’s younger generation, we believe the time is now to bring facial hair back into politics,” BEARD PAC founder Jonathan Sessions said in a statement.
“We haven’t had a bearded major party candidate run for President since Charles Evans Hughes ran and lost in 1916, and there has been a recent wave of retirements amongst bearded Congressmen, including David Obey and Steve LaTourette,” he noted.
The Super PAC will support candidates regardless of party, as long as they have beards.
Although Sessions said he supports women in Congress, he admitted that the Super PAC will likely only support male candidates. He mentioned BEARD would support a female candidate if she grew sufficient facial hair.
"It's been 125 years since our last bearded President, Benjamin Harrison, was elected,” said BEARD PAC Communications Director Andy Shapero. “We're hoping that with our support, bearded individuals will shrug off over a century of political irrelevance and start running for office again."