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Mark Coonrippy Brown Files For Governor Candidacy-- Sky Arnold

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UPDATE: Mark "Coonrippy" Brown filed his papers to run for governor today. The next step in the process is for the Tennessee Republican Party to review his submission. 

ORIGINAL REPORT: GALLATIN, Tenn. - With his long white beard Mark "Coonrippy" Brown looks more like a member of the rock band ZZ Top than a political candidate.

Still the Gallatin man is gathering signatures in hopes of mounting a campaign for Governor.

"It's not about winning.  Media attention on how our government is treating people on a local level that's a win," said Brown.

Brown first gained notoriety with a Youtube video of him showering with one of his pet raccoons.

Brown believes that video attracted the attention of the TWRA and in turn lead the agency to seize his pet raccoon named Rebekah last July.

Brown asked the TWRA for a permit and was denied but what really bothers him is what happened next.

Brown says he made phone calls and wrote e-mails to the Governor's office but only received a form letter response.

That's a big reason why he now wants to run for Governor

"Don't get elected walk in the office and lock the door behind you," said Brown.

One goal Brown doesn't have with this campaign is getting his pet raccoon back.

The state placed Rebekah in the care of non-profit animal organization.
That organization recently released her into the wild after determining she was ready.

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