Why a Giant Republican Squirrel is Stalking Hillary Clinton
It looks like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor isn't the only one bumping into Hillary Clinton on her "Hard Choices" book tour.
A Republican National Committee intern dressed in a furry, orange squirrel costume was spotted at a recent Clinton book signing at George Washington University. And the squirrel's not done yet.
Wearing a tee shirt and handing out matching bumper stickers with the slogan "Another Clinton in the White House is NUTS!", the squirrel getup was intended to detract from media attention Clinton has received since the launch of her new book.
"Just last week Hillary got $50 million of free media to promote her book and define her narrative, the squirrel is a fun way to make sure people learn the non-airbrushed truth about what Hillary really did at State," RNC spokeswoman Kristen Kukowski told ABC News.
Under the Twitter account @HRCSquirrel, the RNC is also using social media to draw attention to Clinton's record as secretary of state-albeit with a little bit of levity.
"You'll definitely be seeing more from the squirrel," Kukowski said. "The idea is to have a presence at Hillary's events to make sure Americans know that while the Democrats have no choice but to anoint her as their nominee, she's going to have a difficult campaign defending her lack of accomplishments."
In the upcoming month Clinton will continue her book tour across the country. The list of cities she will visit includes Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, San Diego and San Francisco.
And this isn't the first instance of oversized stuffed animals following politicians around. A climate change activist wearing a polar bear costume tailed President Obama and his family last December while on vacation in Hawaii.
In a tweet on Monday, DNC Spokesman Mo Elleithee poked fun at the RNC's unorthodox choice of messenger.
ABC News' Liz Kreutz contributed to this report.