On Friday, New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown went on a nice canoe trip with Merrimack County Sheriff Scott Hilliard -- we assume on the advice of Barry Zuckerkorn.
If there's one thing we've learned from Arrested Development, though, it's that taking to the sea has yet to solve any problems. And, as you can tell from the Concord Patch Twitter account, one of Scott Brown's political trackers tagged along too, keeping fifty paddles away in a kayak.
American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic opposition research group, confirms that the tracker was with them. "Wherever Scott Brown goes -- canoeing, New Hampshire, back to Massachusetts -- American Bridge will be there," spokesperson Gwen Rocco wrote in an e-mail.
They seem quite impressed by the tracker's dedication, and might be trying to make the hashtag #CanoeTracker into a thing.
If that proves unsuccessful, we assume that #RocketTracker, #SemaphoreFlagsTracker, #ZiplineTracker, #NSATracker and #UberTracker are forthcoming.
Brown's campaign had nothing to add, except to point us back to a press release stating how lovely a time he had on the canoeing trip. “New Hampshire has so much to offer and I appreciate the opportunity to canoe the river with Sheriff Hilliard in the final days of summer. The natural beauty of our state has something to offer for everyone, ranging from the heights of Mt. Washington to the Seacoast beaches, and I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the nice weather and support our local economy."
And by everyone, he means you too, political tracker!
On Sept. 3, Emma Roller of National Journal called political tracking -- when people follow around candidates with a video camera in the hopes that they will make an error -- the "strangest job on the campaign trail." And apparently this tracker's definition of trail reaches far further than the Oxford English Dictionary's.
We don't imagine the chaser was rewarded for his or her workout, but the potential of catching Brown fishing without a license or littering GORP was likely a reward too big not to attempt reaping.
But it also wasn't the first time canoeing and campaigning had joined forces; in 2012, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) took journalists paddling in the Adirondacks. "This is what you do with an uncooperative reporter," Cuomo said. "A one-way canoe trip."
This post has been updated.