Hank The Cat Comes In Third In Virginia Senate Race

Julie Gerstein | November 9, 2012 - 10:40 am

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]