White House Easter Bunny was Colorado Republican

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Greeley, Colo. (AP) - It turns out that the Easter Bunny who visited The White House two weeks ago was a big-time Republican from Colorado.

Jerry Helgeson of Windsor donned the costume for the Easter Egg Roll on April 12, then kept mostly silent about it before confessing his role to The Greeley Tribune.

Helgeson didn't vote for Barack Obama, but got the job through his niece, Ellie Schafer, who is director of The White House Visitor's Office. He sent a congratulatory note when she got that post, adding, “Maybe I can be the Easter Bunny sometime.”

Helgeson learned two weeks before Easter that he'd be this year's bunny. Security checks followed, then a walkthrough and a trying on of the suit.

Thousands of families attended the event. Helgeson wore the hot suit for 12 hours.

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