Monday, September 9, 2013
A bright light in the world of feline politics was extinguished over the weekend, with the death of Tuxedo Stanley, the cat who achieved fame for running for mayor of Halifax in the 2012 election.
Stan, who ran on the platform of "A chicken in every pot and a litter box in every house," gained endorsements from Ellen DeGeneres and Anderson Cooper, as he advocated for equal and humane treatment for cats throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, and the rest of the world.
He died from kidney cancer, and went over the bridge while lying on his favorite rainbow rug, his owners announced yesterday on the Tuxedo Party Facebook page. He was only three years old.
Stan was not officially allowed to run in last year's mayoral race, but when asked if they would actually vote for a cat mayor, over 58% of readers in a CBC News poll responded, "Of course, Stan is the purrrfect candidate."
Shortly before his passing, supporter Henri, le Chat Noir offered up some sage parting words for his fellow tuxedo cat, writing, "Stan, losing you would certainly be a sad loss for the world but remember, as Seneca once said, "The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity." You have done a lot of good for a lot of cats. Safe travels, brother."
Stan is survived by his owners, Hugh and Kathy Chisholm, and his brother Earl Gray who intends to uphold his legacy by running for premier in the upcoming provincial election.
This picture of Stan lounging on his rainbow rug was posted on his Facebook page last month. I think it's a fitting, and touching tribute to the politically minded feline, who dedicated his short life to improving the welfare of cats everywhere.
RIP Stan. You will be greatly missed, and never be forgotten.
Via Facebook (Tuxedo Party)