Check out that ’stacheGov. Hoeven’s facial hair is up for a prestigious award that could put him in rank with Burt Reynolds and Alex Trebek.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate and North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven is up for an “esteemed” award — or rather, his famed mustache is.
The American Mustache Institute has named Hoeven as a finalist for its “Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year Award.”
The institute awards the honor based on public voting to recognize “the person who best represents or contributes to the Mustached American community over the past year.”
Hoeven has donned his lip garnish for decades despite a political environment where a clean-shaven face often translates into public perception.
“Undaunted, Hoeven proudly shows his flavor saver on billboards all over North Dakota,” the institute notes of his nomination.
For AMI’s award, Hoeven faces 18 other finalists. They include an Oscar-nominated director, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a major league baseball umpire, a former NBA star point guard and TV/radio personality Pat O’Brien.
The winner will be announced Dec. 4.
Voting is open online at www.American MustacheInstitute.org.