Hank The Cat Comes In Third In Virginia Senate Race

People often joke that politics is going to the dogs, but how wrong they are. It’s actually going to the cats — one cat in particular, a Maine Coon named Hank. Hank came in third in a battle for a Virginia senate seat,  behind Democrat Tim Kaine (who won!) and Republican George Allen, running on a pro-jobs, pro-cat platform. Allen, you’ll remember, is the guy who referred to a college journalist as a “macaca,” which is a racial slur for a mixed race person. Surprisingly, the cat didn’t beat Allen, but did garner 6,000 votes.

Hank’s popularity may stem in part from a Huffington Post blog he wrote about his candidacy, in which Hank outlined his accomplishments — his campaign raised more than $15,000 for local shelters — and even discussed a pro-dog attack ad that ran against him.

And, says Hank, his campaign will hopefully inspire more animals to run for Congress: “My small step in Virginia has created wakes around the world — Bublik, a small kitten in the Urals running for office, Tuxedo Stan for mayor in Halifax, and countless other dogs and cats considering a political career. American pets — and their owners — are sick of politics as usual, and are willing to do whatever is necessary to fix the corruption, lobbying, and corporate control of Congress.” [Constitution Daily]