Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Grandpa the spider monkey picks Speaker Newt Gingrich to win N.H. primary

Staten Island simian has no taste for front-runner Mitt Romney


By Barry Paddock / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The psychic spider monkey at the Staten Island Zoo picked Newt Gingrich as the top banana in New Hampshire’s Republican primary, even though he’s languishing in the polls.

And the soothsaying simian completely rejected front-runner Mitt Romney in Monday’s electoral challenge set up by the Daily News...

The 40-year-old monkey has a good record when it comes to athletics: he picked the Super Bowl champions and six of nine U.S. Open tennis winners.

When he entered the rain-forest exhibit on Monday, he was confronted with six bananas nestled in hay, each one bearing the name of a GOP candidate.

Without hesitation, he lunged for the Gingrich banana, then grabbed the Jon Huntsman banana in his other hand.

But the former House Speaker held more sway than the ex-Utah governor over Grandpa. He gobbled up Newt first — then picked up the Rick Santorum banana.

Next went the Rick Perry banana before he finally developed an appetite for Huntsman.

Romney’s win at the Iowa caucus and his first-place finish in the latest polls didn’t mean a thing to Grandpa.

His banana was eaten by a female companion — just like the one for Ron Paul, who is running a distant second in the New Hampshire polls.

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