In 2015, our beloved chairperson Rusty Cheney was killed in a plane crash. He created the Donkalope, and the words that follow are his!
"A Donkalope is a not-so-mythical creature, native to the Intermountain West, and found in great and increasing numbers here in Teton County."
- Former TCDP Chair Rusty Cheney
A Donkalope is the distinctly Western relative to the Donkey.
Much like the Bull Moose Party, formed by former President Teddy Roosevelt in 1912, which served to distinguish its members from those of its parent party, the Donkalope addresses the need to distinguish us Teton County Democrats as a unique breed.
We are the more rural, more western, counterparts of our national relatives. We shoot guns as well as cameras. We drive pickups and Subarus. We are the working class, we are retirees, ski bums and professionals. We may ranch, garden, or farm. When you meet us on a mountain trail, our natural habitat, the trusted horse we ride may be flesh or steel, or our transport may be our own two feet. You are as likely to find us on skis or snow machines, pedal bikes or motor bikes, or in a drift boat, raft, or powered craft.
But regardless of our outward identities, we believe in transparent and fair government that plans and spends wisely. And in our valley that makes us Democrats!
We believe in Education. We believe in growing the economy and creating jobs. We believe in planning together to ensure our communities become more vibrant and inclusive. And in our valley that makes us Democrats! It is time to take pride in ourselves as Teton County Democrats, and increase our visibility. So please try the Donkalope identity on for size, and see how it fits.
We would love to hear what makes you a Donkalope, for a Donkalope is a truly magnificent and unique creature. No two are alike.