Hank the Cat for Senate: Cat Runs For Office In Virginia
A Springfield, Virginia cat is running for State Senate against Tim Kaine and George Allen.
Hank the Cat, owned by Anthony Roberts, is running on the independent ticket for the November 6 Election. This isn't his first time in the election, either. A few years ago, Hank the Cat got nine write-in votes.
Roberts says the idea of his cat Hank running for Senate was originally an inside joke, but escalated to the point that Hank the Cat now has his own Facebook page and his own Hank for Senate website, although right now it's crashed due to an overwhelming amount of visitors.
Here's what his Facebook page says about him:
Hank’s story and dedication have inspired all who know him, and he realized that his ideas and unique life experiences could help his community, his state, and his country. After much encouragement, Hank decided to enter the race for US Senate.
Hank is a refreshing candidate - energetic, inspiring, and real. Unlike so many others, he wasn’t born with a “silver spoon” - but rather earned his success and his name through hard work. He knows what it’s like to have very little, and knows that with hard work and dedication anyone can seize the opportunities that this great nation presents all of us.
The “Hank for Senate” Web site is asking for volunteers to “harp on Hank” by going door-to-door, making phone calls, and working at a polling place on election day.
Still, as a free-market populist in a swing state, we guess Hank might have a shot. Cats might not support a broad social safety net, but they are easily distracted by laser pointers. Kind of like Newt Gingrich. Eligibility requirements could be Hank's first challenge. Federal law requires that Senate candidates be 30 years old, and Hank was born in 2003. While that only makes him 9 years old in human years, in "cat years" he would be 52.
By raising over $250 from supporters for the Human Society of Fairfax County, the kitty candidate has used his platform for good (or is it self-interest?) before Election Day even arrives.
You know, Hank can't really do much. He can't write in bills since he can't write, and he can't lie because he can't talk. I think even when those handicaps he'd still be a better politician than most. Hank is a self-described moderate; We are all Hank the Cat.