The 56-year-old lawyer — known by some for his goofy dad jokes and casual blazers-and-T-shirts style — underwent the moniker makeover in Biden team press releases before becoming Second Gentleman, Politico reported Wednesday.
But a week before the inauguration, the Biden team ditched Doug for Douglas in press releases and advisories and haven’t gone back, according to the outlet.
The name switch surprised some former Harris staffers — including fans who follow him via #Doughive — who say the more formal name doesn’t suit him, the outlet reported. Others said they knew him occasionally as the even-less-formal nickname “Dougie.”
But a spokesman for Emhoff on Wednesday called the name change a non-story.
“Safe to say like most people, his full and abbreviated names have always been used interchangeably,” the rep told Politico.
This story first appeared in the New York Post.