Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Fat Cat politicians are nothing new, but they're not usually quite as cute and cuddly as Morris. The 10-month-old black and white kitten, who was adopted by Sergio Chamorro last year, recently announced his run for mayor of Xalapa, Mexico. His campaign slogan? "Tired of Voting for Rats? Vote for a Cat."
Watch the mayoral candidate in action
Chamorro and his friends decided to launch the campaign after becoming disillusioned by local government. He argues that his cat is uniquely qualified for the position because, "He sleeps almost all day and does nothing, and that fits the profile of a politician."
In just a short period of time, the four-pawed policymaker has made headlines around the world, and inspired an impressive social media following on Twitter and Facebook, to the tune of 131,000+ human, feline, and even canine fans.
Just a few of Morris' fans showing their support:
Technically, a kitty can't officially register as a candidate, but that hasn't stopped Morris' team from urging would-be voters to write-in his name on July 7, or draw a picture of a cat's face on the ballot to "send a message to authorities."
As an amusing side note, Morris isn't the only animal hoping to paw their way into office come election day. Throughout Mexico, other furred and feathered hopefuls include Chon the Donkey, Tina the Chicken, Maya the Cat, and Tintan the Dog - although the AP notes that their campaigns "are not as well organized" as Morris'.
Via ABC News / Jezebel / Images: Facebook (El Candigato Morris.)