Gov. Pawlenty delegated the turkey-handling duties to his agriculture commissioner during an annual pre-Thanksgiving photo op, and the rogue bird gave Gene Hugoson all he could handle.
Tasting freedom, the ceremonial turkey began flapping wildly during the State Capitol news conference. Hugoson had to wrestle the uncooperative bird back into its cage, while the governor stood at a safe distance. Hugoson appeared to have a spot of blood on his shirt after the incident.
“Some guys never learn,” Pawlenty quipped.
Pawlenty has maintained a hands-off approach to turkeys since getting roughed up himself several years ago.