A Mexican lawmaker has launched a contest to find a body double that would allow him to be in two places at once and take care of his "many obligations."

Renato Tronco Gomez, an independent deputy in the eastern state of Veracruz, said Friday his novel idea will help his constituents.

The winner will have to study the way Tronco speaks and carry himself appropriately, but some things like attending congress and sleeping with his wife will be off limits.

Tronco says he will not be fooling anyone, because his double will always be identified as such. He said the idea started as a joke two years ago, but people eventually told him to go for it.

The contest is open until May 31 through his Facebook page.