Those Alaskans certainly get politics. When people say it’s gone to the cats and dogs, they simply say, no, the cats, well, one cat, anyway.
It rained cats (and perhaps thundered dogs) today in NYC, so this seemed apropos (dog tips and stories tomorrow! Yay!).
About 15 years ago, the good folk of Talkeetna, Alaska decided to have a write-in election, when Mayor Stubbs was a kitten. After deciding (town meeting? psychic mind link? idle gossip?) they didn’t like any of the human candidates, they went for the most obvious and best choice ever: Stubbs the cat.
Mayor Stubbs is part Manx and very popular amongst the townsfolk, who say he’s the best mayor they’ve ever had. Which is probably why they keep voting him in!
In fact, resident Laurie Stec told the press: “He’s good. Probably the best we’ve had.”
Mayor Stubbs lives it up in the General Store, where he is, apparently a bit of a mayoral diva at times (note: he’s a cat, he’s practically has to be a diva at times). The employee told CNN: “All throughout the day I have to take care of the mayor. He’s very demanding. He meowed and meowed and meowed and demanded to be picked up and put on the counter. And he demanded to be taken away from the tourists. Then he had his long, afternoon nap.”
Let’s take a quick look at Mayor Stubb’s credentials, shall we? He prefers naked to clothes and isn’t ashamed of his body (some say he’s very proud of it, he loves getting his tummy rubbed. He was adopted from a box of kittens and pretty much went straight into his mayordom. He drinks his water exclusively from a wine glass infused with cat nip. He’s never raised taxes, they don’t have sales tax and more importantly, he doesn’t ever embarrass the town on TV in political debates.
Mayor Stubbs FTW!
But importantly – where’s the town where a dog is the mayor?