Back in November, Hank - a nine-year-old politically minded feline from Springfield, Virginia - vowed to return after a disappointing defeat to James Webb in the Virginia State Senate race. As coverage begins to heat up on both sides over the upcoming election, Hank's campaign coordinator (seriously) recently sent me an official press release with more information on the pussycat politico, and his intentions to be the cat who got the cream come Nov. 6th.
In his announcement, Hank stated: “In this time of austerity, of threats to families’ livelihoods and to our civil liberties, it is essential that we choose the right leader. Our situation is too dire to risk placing this important job in the wrong paws, and that is why I have decided to run for US Senate for the great Commonwealth of Virginia. If I had to sum up my feelings for Virginia’s future, I would have to say: Meow.”
The release continues, "Rescued from the streets as a skinny young kitty, Hank picked himself up and never looked back. Although only 9 in human years, Hank has 52 cat years of life experience. Enthusiastic and energetic enough to chase the bouncy ball, he has the wisdom to understand that it is almost impossible to catch.
During his formative years, Hank witnessed firsthand the problems faced by Virginia residents. “Other politicians may talk about how difficult it is when there aren’t enough kibbles to go around,” Hank said, “but I’ve been there. I know what you’re going through. When I’m elected to the Senate, I’m going to work hard to make sure that there is milk in every bowl across this great nation.”"
Hank will be running as "proud Independent" candidate and hopes to bring his real world experience, unique point of view, and limitless energy to the office. Among his platforms, he intends to ensure small business growth, while also advocating animal related issues such as low cost spay and neuter programs, to help decrease the homeless animal population.
For more information about Hank, and how you can help support putting a feline in office this November, please visit his website at hankforsenate.com.