Animals that ran for political office (12 Photos)
For a life that lasted just 3 1/2 years, Tuxedo Stan sure had an eventful political career.
The handsome moggy ran for mayor of Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2012, on a platform of neutering and spaying. Halifax had a serious stray cat problem due to a lack of veterinarian services and Tuxedo Stan hoped to bring the issue to people’s attention by challenging human counterparts to talk about the ‘cat-demic’
Despite the endorsement of Anderson Cooper and an appearance on Sky News Arabia, Stan lost to Mike Savage in landslide defeat.
Sadly, Tuxedo Stan passed away in 2013.
Incitatus was Roman Emperor Caligula’s favourite horse. He lived in a marble stable, was fed gold flaked oats and was daubed in purple robes (a colour associated with great luxury). He may also have been made a consul, the highest political office in the Roman Republic.
Modern historians’ argue that it was in fact a form of anti-Caligula propaganda or even that Caligula himself was in fact mocking the effectiveness of the Senate by insinuating that even a horse could do their job.
Regardless, Incitatus may well be the most famous non-human political official in history.
To protest the rampant corruption among the city councilman of Sao Paulo in 1958, the people put up for election a five-year-old female rhino from the local zoo. And she won. By the largest margin in local electoral history.
The stunt was traced back to a group of students who printed up 200,000 ballots with Cacareco name on them. While the ballots were legitimate, the authorties cancelled the vote and organised another one for the following week.
One dissenting voter claimed that it was “Better to elect a rhino than an ass.” Indeed.
In yet another example of the Brazilian public going down the animal based satire route, the magazine Casseta Popular jokingly put forward a famous chimp as one of the candidates for mayor of Rio De Janiero in 1988. While the figures were never publicly released, it is believed Tião received over 400,000 votes, which would of placed him third.
According to the Guinness World Records, this made Tião the most voted for chimpanzee in the world.
After the death in 1999 of the founder of the UK based Official Monster Raving Looney Party, a leadership contest was called with Alan “Howling Laud” Hope (who was then the party’s chairman and deputy leader) and Catmando as the only two candidates. Catmando was, of course, a cat!
When the initial vote ended in a 125-125 tie, it was decided that ‘Howling Laud’ and Catmando would become joint leaders. Catmando presided over the OMRLP’S greatest election performances until his death from a traffic accident in 2002.
In his memory, the Official Monster Raving Looney Party proposed the introduction of cat-crossings on all major roads.
Hank the Cat
The Maine Coon ran for the Virginia US Senate seat in 2012, going up against Democrat Time Kaine and Republican George Allen. Owners Matthew O’Leary and Anthony Roberts put him up when they both grew exasperated by regular political campaigns. They created a comical rags-to-riches life story in which Hank was a straight A student and successful business-cat.
He reportedly came third and all political donations were given to animal shelters.
To protest the 1989 redrawing of district boundaries, the people of Whangamomona, New Zealand declared their town an independent state, and thus needed a President. These have included both Billy Gumboot the Goat (who won my eating all the other candidate’s ballots) and Tai the Poodle (who resigned after one year due to an assassination attempt left her a ‘nervous wreck’). Wild place.
Mayor Stubbs has held his honorary position in the town of Talkeetna, Alaska (population:876) since 1997. He is something of a tourist attraction, with up to 40 visitors every day. However, Stubbs has had to survive both a dog attack and falling into a deep fat fryer during his mayorship.
Tough at the top
In 1938, Boston Curtis became the new Republican precinct committeeman for the town of Milton, Washington. Good for him. Problem was he was brown mule.
The whole thing was a stunt cooked up by Democrat Milton Mayor Kenneth Simmons to make the Republicans look foolish and prove that the average voter didn’t even know who they were supporting.
A politician with a drinking problem is nothing new. A politician with a drinking problem who happens to be goat however, sure is. Clay Henry held the (purely symbolic) post of mayor for the unincorporated community of Lajitas, Texas between 1986-1992. He was known to drink up to 40 beers a day until he was murdered by his son after a drunken butting session over a female. Clay Henry II would soon be succeeded by his own son and the boozing goat dynasty would of continued in perpetuity if not for the stupid decision to elect an actual human for the post.
The satirical McGillicuddy Serious Party of New Zealand once attempted to get a hedgehog elected to the New Zealand Parliament. Considering their policies included free castrations and carpeting the national highways, i don’t think the hedgehog would of been able to implement many policies. Shame.
Bosco Ramos, a dog, was elected mayor of the unincorporated community of Sunol, California. Despite the Chinese newspaper the People’s Daily reporting that his 13 year tenure (1981-1994) was a sign of the ‘collapse’ of the American democratic system, a statue of the Labrador retriever and Rottweiler mix was erected outside the Post Office in 2008.
A true honour for a very good dog.
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