Lou Aguilar is the author of the Jake for Mayor, a timely and funny satire on American political machinations at election time—and what happens if one of the candidates is a dog. As Lou's resume also includes produced screenplays, we have taken the liberty of wishful casting for the film version.
As a Washington DC newspaperman in my past life, I met quite a few politicos and their consultants. The latter group intrigued me. Some of them were idealists, steering a candidate to advance a heartfelt agenda. A few were mercenary, seeking to advance themselves. Such a man, at first, is Ken Miller, the protagonist of my first novel, Jake for Mayor. What changes him from heel to hero, a special dog, is the book’s story. Here is the story before the story.
Ken Miller was always a golden boy. He had looks, brains, and popularity, with a commensurate arrogance, no less toward women. Straight out of Northwestern University, where he majored in political science and practically minored in partying, he went into a suitable career for his manipulative charm, advertising.
Ken rose high in a prestigious Chicago firm, winning the boss’s beautiful spoiled daughter, Sharon, as his fiancée. Then one assignment—to promote an Arizona state senator running for governor—turned into his golden ticket. Aware that a Phoenix victory would catapult him into Washington power heights, Ken made an outside deal with the candidate to become his campaign manager. The socially ambitious Sharon joined Ken in Arizona, much to her father’s chagrin.
My book begins with Ken on the verge of triumph, the moment before fate intervenes. But it is the very collapse of his universe and the (for him) alien world he falls into—a traditional small town occupied by the titular dog—that ultimately redeem Ken and make him a better man.
Photo: Actor Chris Pine, Armani advertisment campaign.