It’s hard to unseat an incumbent, especially a four term congresswoman.
But, at least in terms of milking a cow, candidate Marty Grohman, an independent, did just that during Sunday’s Political Pull at the Windsor Fair. Grohman, who grew up on a Jersey dairy farm in Carthage, filled a pail with about a gallon of milk and handily bested all the opposition, including U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, to take home the blue ribbon at the good-spirited, bipartisan gathering.
The annual milking contest seemed like an oasis of civility and fun in the tense, fractious political climate prevalent both state and nationwide. If politicians found they could only get ounces of milk out of recalcitrant cows, no damage was done — except to their pride.
Still, for Grohman, the personal stakes were high. After all, his mother, Joann Grohman, literally wrote the book on small-scale dairy farming, 1976’s “Keeping a Family Cow.”
“I grew up hand-milking,” Grohman said. “I wouldn’t have missed it.”
He was one of about 20 politicians who came to the Political Pull, which is the best turnout ever, organizers said. Although it is a lighthearted event, there is a deeper message, according to Windsor Fair President Tom Foster.
“We want to remind our politicians not to forget agriculture,” he said.