Maine freshman state Rep. Brian Mannal, a Democrat from Barnstable, knows how to make an entrance: by Segway. Okay, fine, his vehicle of choice when going door-to-door as part of his re-election campaign isn't technically a Segway but the "Chinese version" of the self-balancing, two-wheeled scooter.

The Freego F3, as it's called, operates almost exactly like a Segway and it helps Mannal cover more ground in the sparsely populated areas of his district where walking takes too long but driving doesn't make sense. "The benefit of this vehicle is that it allows me the ability to do [go door-to-door] in about half the time, and I'm not wasting gas," he told the Cape Cod Times. "That's the thing that always drove me crazy last time." In the video below, he adds that the all-electric scooter reduces the carbon footprint and that, "Many of the folks that I'm targeting are environmentally conscious so I think it appeals to their sense of stewardship for our environment."

The Freego F3 has a top speed of 12 miles per hour and cost Mannal around $2,600. There's a fun history of politicians in Maine using alternative transportation, including mountain bikes, as you can read over in the Cape Cod Times.

An F3-riding polititcian is cool and all, but we'll be so much more impressed when we see Mannal tooling around on one of Freego's self-balancing unicycles. Let's cut government waste by eliminating that excess wheel, eh?



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      Mike
      • 4 Months Ago
      Hold on. I thought (D) were all about keeping Americans working.. I love how they brag about union and then jump into there BMWs hahaha can you say Hypocrite. Kind like hillery saying how broke she was..
      • 4 Months Ago
      Who fact checked this article? Because Barnstable/Cape Cod are in Massachusetts! Not Maine. The abbreviation for Massachusetts is MA and Maine is ME.
      Mike
      • 4 Months Ago
      Hold on. I thought (D) were all about keeping Americans working.. I love how thay brag about union and then jump into there BMWs hahaha can you say Hypocrite. Kind like hillery saying how broke she was..
      imoore
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'd like to hear his explanation for opting for the Freego instead of the Segway. Kind of like the average politician crying about the lack of American jobs and "Buy American," wile driving the latest German or Japanese import.
        Julio B
        • 4 Months Ago
        @imoore
        I understand your point and often try to buy American made products but I'm sure he is not in charge of buying this vehicle, it was likely his Campaign Manager who borrowed it from a follower. Buying American is really not that easy. I saw that Walmart is now campaigning the "made in America" mentality so hopefully that will work some.
          hokkaido76
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Julio B
          "I saw that Walmart is now campaigning the "made in America" mentality so hopefully that will work some." If you think that walmart gives 2 s*its about american-made consumer products, you are an ignoramus and incredibly naive.
      sebringc5
      • 4 Months Ago
      Seb, you have fallen on your sword yet again.
      BipDBo
      • 4 Months Ago
      Smooth move. Riding around the original douche scooter would be one thing, but he's decided to use the Chinese rip off? That'll get him votes. /s
      radroach
      • 4 Months Ago
      Haters gon hate. This guy is saving money doing this and enjoying himself more than campaigning neighborhoods using a car, more power to him.
      Jim
      • 4 Months Ago
      Could have just biked and gotten in better shape.
      Mami
      • 4 Months Ago
      If he lost that belly he could just walk.
        yoat
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Mami
        If he just walked, he'd lose that belly.
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