Chuck the Groundhog Smarter than Most New York City Voters


It’s hard to say whether Chuck the Groundhog can predict the weather, but he is a better judge of character than most New Yorkers.

Here’s Chuck the Groundhog in action in 2009.

Chuck wasn’t up for whatever it was that Mr. Bloomberg had planned for him — or for predicting how much longer winter was going to last, for that matter. And he got so annoyed at the mayor that he bit the mayor’s left hand, his sharp teeth piercing Mr. Bloomberg’s black leather gloves.

He tried to lure Chuck out of his cottage with an ear of corn, but Chuck shrewdly grabbed the corn and dragged it inside to enjoy. The mayor tried again, twice, but then, seemingly out of patience, he grabbed Chuck by the belly with both hands before he could hide again and held him up in the air for everyone to see.

By then, the mayor had already been bitten.

Chuck aka Charles Hogg didn’t take to William Wilhelm Jr. aka Bill de Blasio any better than he did to Bloomberg.

The mayor said he hoped that he and the weather-predicting creature would hit it off: “Chuck and my predecessor didn’t always get along, let’s be honest about that.” Five years ago, Chuck bit Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “But I’m hoping we can start a new day, a new relationship here,” Mr. de Blasio said.

The mayor crouched down. A handler held a carrot in front of the door. And Chuck emerged. But after Mr. de Blasio clutched the groundhog and stood up, Chuck leapt out of the mayoral arms toward the crowd and onto the ground, where he was recovered, uninjured, by his handler.

Mr. de Blasio, for his part, was gracious. “Live by the groundhog. Die by the groundhog,” he said, after reading his augury for more cold weather. “Thank you, Chuck. Thank you for your honesty, Chuck. He tells it like it is.”

Chuck probably doesn’t predict the weather too well, but he seems like a good judge of politicians.


  • Omar

    The groundhog knows all about the corrupt politicians that rule New York. That is why it shows disapproval of most of the politicians ruling City Hall. Perhaps, the groundhog would make a better mayor than Bloomberg and Wilhelm. Perhaps, it would make a better president of this country than the Radical-In-Chief.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I can’t imagine Chuck making a worse mayor

    • American1969

      Let’s nominate Chuck for President in 2016!

  • American1969

    Animals know evil when they see it, and they avoid it. The fact that Chuck bit Doomberg twice and then ran away from Comrade DeBlasio tells you everything you need to know! Lol!

    • BS77

      I am not glad to see this poor animal being forced to be part of a holiday for bozos.

  • Jason P

    Perhaps we should let Chuck pick the next mayor. Let’s see who he likes. Could it be worse than the voters’ pick?

    • BS77

      If the groundhog ran as a Democrat in loony NYC…he would win easily.

  • darnellecheri

    Poor Chuck. After humiliating the Socialist, Communist, his future bodes ill. Repercussions, intimidations, persecutions, indictments, then torture…it will be bad.

    • JDinSTL

      Don’t forget the inevitable tax audit

      • darnellecheri

        And Chuck is only 1099’d for his once a year gig.

  • truebearing

    “…die by the groundhog?”

    Sounds slow and painful, but I can get behind that idea, assuming it is intended only for certain elected officials singled out wise and prescient groundhogs.

    Another headline for this story could be: “Groundhog bites Taxhog”

  • glpage

    Chuck was just protesting what deBlasio wants to do to his horse buddies.

  • UCSPanther

    Bloomberg: “No one dares disobey me!”
    Chuck: *CHOMP!*
    Bloomberg: “YEEEEEOOOWWWW!!!!!”

  • Anukem Jihadi

    Prognosticator Chuck knows bad news when he sees it coming.

  • III J

    Actually, groundhogs are more intelligent than we might think: having already tasted what a NY mayor was made of by biting Bloomie, and taking two days to get the taste of dung out of his mouth, Chuck wasn’t about to bit into yet another steaming pile, so he just got away from it.