Political candidates should not wear hats.
Apparently, this is a thing. I’m amazed I made it this long without discovering this hard and fast campaigning rule. But really, it’s probably rarely an issue in local campaigns. How often do local elected officials or candidates get asked to wear hats, really?
At the higher echelons, however, this is a rule you’ll need to be aware of. To prove the point, politico.com has provided a brief history of this rule:
And–this is the best part–a little tidbit from the Nixon Campaign Plan Book:
“The 37th President of the United States of America NEVER WEARS HATS…no honorary hats…no protocol hats…no “great photo” hats…no “the law requires” hats…no “it’s the custom” hats…no cute hats…no beanies…no stovepipes…no firehats…no captains hats…no caps…no Indian headdress…no feather hats…no hard hats…no soft hats…no ladies hats…no mens hats…no fur hats…no paper hats…no grass hats…no thorn hats…no “Nixon’s The One” hats…no nothing. HATS ARE TOXIC–AND CAN KILL YOU.”
Even if you’re the President of the United States, standing in the middle of Ground Zero among hundred of other people wearing protective hats…
I can understand how a presidential candidate could easily be made to look foolish by wearing inappropriate headgear. Now, the chances of a hat bringing an equally devastating effect upon a town or county campaign are probably slim, but…why risk it? Besides, City Councilmen become Mayors, State Representatives become Congressional candidates…do you really want a picture of you in a dorky hat surfacing during an election for higher office down the road?
Leave the hats at home!
Try a lapel pin instead. Those never go out of style, am I right???