Sunday, August 2, 2015

Mexican city's residents put cat on ballot

When you are tired of rats there's only one sure way to run 'em out of town: hire a cat.

Mexican city's residents put cat on ballot

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Morris the cat is running for mayor in Mexico.
Morris the cat is running for mayor in Mexico.

 

 

When you are tired of rats there's only one sure way to run 'em out of town: hire a cat.

That's what some voters in the eastern Mexican city of Xalapa want to do in their upcoming election.

They are running a write-in campaign to elect Morris the cat as mayor.

News reports the image of the black and white feline named Morris has popped up on campaign posters - which bear a striking resemblance to Obama's "Hope/Change" posters.

Morris, affectionatly known as "Candigato" ("candidate cat"), is killing on Facebook with 110,000 likes on his page and he's got a Twitter account.

Okay so Morris does have some competition in the July 7 mayoral election. But supporters say his growing popularity shows widespread frustration with corrupt politicians -- known as rats in local lingo.

Morris is pro-cardboard box and enjoys knocking things off tables in his spare time.

His slogan: “Xalapa Without Rats” and his party affiliation is listed as “cat anarchist.

"Facing the quantity of rats that lurk in these posts," the feline's Facebook page says, "only a cat can bring order."

So what's Morris' campaign platform?

He "promises nothing more than the rest of the candidates: To rest and to frolic."

Of course, Morris Candigato is not the first cat to run for office. He's not even the first cat named Morris to run for office.

“Candidates here almost never fulfill their promises,” said Jair Cuevas, one of the students who came up with the Morris campaign. “Our candidate promises to sleep, eat, yawn and play in the dirt and that is what he will do if he wins the election.”


Of course, Morris Candigato is not the first cat to run for office. He's not even the first cat named Morris to run for office.

Morris, the famous orange Friskies cat, was once put up as a U.S. presidential candidate.

 

Inquirer Staff Writer
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