Sometimes dealing with corrupt politicians can get a little tiresome. Instead, some people prefer to work with purrrfect politicats. These seven amazing cats ran for political office, and a couple of them actually got the job!
1. Barsik Ran For Siberian Mayor
Barsik, a Scottish fold, got 91.6 percent of the votes in an unofficial poll for mayor of a Siberian town called Barnaul. Residents were tired of corruption and scandals and wanted a different kind of politician. Unfortunately, he was never registered as a formal candidate. But if he had, he might have taken the win by a landslide.
2. Limberbutt McCubbins Wants To Be U.S. President
Limberbutt McCubbins, from Kentucky, officially registered his candidacy for President of the United States with the FEC. Limberbutt is with the Democratic Party and has a campaign webpage that explains his platforms, including fair wages, a just tax code, and affordable health care for animals. He’s already been endorsed by the publication Jezebel and has been featured in major media publications. Limberbutt’s hashtag is, quite fittingly, #meowisthetime.
3. Dr. Jekyll Is Also Running For President
It seems there are a lot of felines competing for the most powerful political position in the world this year. Dr. Jekyll is a fluffy orange cat who is also running for President of the United States. He is officially registered with the FEC (see his website here.) Dr. Jekyll even won the HuffPost Live Pet Debate in November.
4. Morris The Cat Ran For Mayor In Mexico
Morris, an adorable black-and-white cat, ran for mayor of Xalapa, Mexico. Even though his election was a couple years ago, he still has more than 350,000 likes on his Facebook page, which he updates frequently. Morris’s owner said about his campaign: “[Morris] sleeps almost all day and does nothing, and that fits the profile of a politician.” His name didn’t actually appear on the ballot, but citizens were encouraged to write-in his name when they voted.
5. In 2012, Hank Got 6,000 Write-In Votes For U.S. Senate
One cat actually made a good showing in an election. Hank ran for U.S. Senate in Virginia in 2012 and managed to get 6,000 write-in votes. He was a Maine Coon cat who ran as an Independent, with a platform that included animal rescue, spay/neuter programs, and job growth. In addition to getting so many votes, Hank also got $16,000 in donations, which went to local animal rescue groups. Hank passed away in 2014 at the age of 13, but his Facebook page is still very active and has more than 112,000 followers. In fact, Hank’s fans are working on a documentary about his Senate run, scheduled to be released in late summer 2016.
6. Earl Grey Ran For Canadian Prime Minister
Next on our list is Earl Grey, the cat who ran for Canadian prime minister as leader of the Tuxedo Party. Earl Grey’s campaign goal was to raise awareness about animal cruelty, especially laws passed during Victorian times that were no longer effective. Earl Grey also ran for Premier of Nova Scotia in 2013 and his late brother, Tuxedo Stan, ran for Mayor of Halifax in 2012. Earl Gray was shyer than his brother, Stan, but a little catnip was all it took to bribe him into doing “meet and greets” with potential voters.
7. Stubbs Is Mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska
And last, but certainly not least, is a cat who actually holds political office. Stubbs has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska since 1997. He sees 30 to 40 tourists a day. Every day, the cute orange cat goes to a restaurant and drinks water from a wine glass lined with catnip. Some sources say that Stubbs is only an honorary mayor, since Talkeetna is a historical district. Others say he was elected after a successful write-in campaign. But even though he’s about 19 years old now, that hasn’t slowed him down. In 2014, at the age of 16, he made a run for U.S. Senate.
With all the madness of the 2016 American election, would you consider voting for a cat for president?