Cat stands for election in Mexican City
“Tired of voting for rats? Vote for a cat” is the slogan of a new cat that is running for mayor in Mexico.
What originally started as a joke has snowballed into a serious political message with intent. A cat named Morris is bidding to become the mayor of a Mexican city called Xalapa, Veracruz. The cat has gained immense popularity via the social media networks and shows that the people have had enough when it comes to political corruption and cheating.
Sergio Chamorro who owns the cat said that "Morris has become an expression of how fed up people are with all the parties and a political system that does not represent us,"
Morris’s Facebook page has managed to gather more than 130,000 ‘likes’. The page’s name is unique called Candigato. (Gato means cat in Spanish). This beats the popularity of any of the other running candidates or even the current governor. The facebook page now has been sending in their own work and promotions for the cat but also people have started up spoof Twitter accounts His owner said that "The truth is that Morris no longer belongs to us. He belongs to his fans,"
Other people have taken note of the popularity of a cat running for election and a host of copy cats has taken off. There is a Donkey running in Ciudad Juarez, a dog in Oaxaca and a chicken in Tepic.
The local elections in Mexico will happen around the country on July the 7th.
Polling station officials have contacted Chamorro and have even said that even if people vote for the cat on the day they will register the vote even though they do not officially count.
Politicians and authorities are of course genuinely worried.
It is not the first time that cats have been in position of power. Stubbs, a cat from the USA was elected mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska in 1997. His popularity is immense and everyday over 30-40 tourists come to visit him. He is named "Stubbs" as he was born without a tail.