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The Cat That Was Almost Mayor

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The Cat That Was Almost Mayor

The grinding gears of government continually churn out predictable political candidates. Like a Saturday Night Live parody, their mannerisms and platforms are a robotic display of hand gestures and corny catch phrases. But what if someone really stood out? Someone with genuine leadership ability and charisma that would make even the politically apathetic take notice? Consider Tuxedo Stan.

Tuxedo Stan

Ballot Box
Although Halifax Nova Scotia’s mayoral race is officially over, the overwhelming support for its only feline entrant made me do some political soul-searching. Often when I vote it’s for the wrong reason: which candidate annoys me the least. Leaders should inspire and motivate but lately they seem to bore and discourage. Am I so disheartened with politics that I would consider voting for a cat? Unfortunately the answer is yes. With endorsements from Anderson Cooper and Ellen DeGeneres, Halifax’s furry frontrunner garnered more attention then his two-legged competitors. Owner Hugh Chisholm, a retired veterinarian, was trying to bring attention to the city’s long-standing issue of feline overpopulation but a funny thing happened…Tuxedo Stan seemed like a better option.

With an estimated 100000 homeless cats in the city and an almost equal amount of disenchanted voters, Tuxedo Stan could have had an upset on his paws. For those of us that aren’t politically satisfied, a cat in office actually seemed like a viable option. What dispirited slacker wouldn’t want to throw their support behind a candidate that sleeps seventeen hours a day and is bribed with a laser pointer? Not to mention his platform, a call for the humane treatment of cats, was a legitimate, recognizable issue. A neglectful pet owner is one thing but what about a neglectful city?

Cat out of the Bag

With almost ten thousand Facebook “likes” the Tuxedo Party and its leader captured the attention of an entire country. Although the cat’s campaign slogan “Because neglect isn’t working” did not win an election, it did represent an honest concern for Tuxedo Stan's constituents, maybe his political rivals could learn to do the same.

We may not be ready (or allowed) to vote for a mayor who uses a litter box but we do want someone who will bring something different to the table…and it’s not a dead bird. Mahatma Ghandi once said, "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." Here’s hoping Halifax’s new leader can represent and inspire all of its citizens, even the furry ones.

Cat running for Halifax mayor

Anderson Cooper takes notice

Ellen throws her support behind Tuxedo Stan



Nov 2, 2012 5:41pm
Hi--I loved this article and I love this quote: Mahatma Ghandi once said, "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members."
Every so-called civilized nation can and should learn from Ghandi's wisdom but of course the arrogance is typically to high that. Again--great article--and you get 5 big stars from me.
Nov 2, 2012 9:26pm
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Dec 19, 2012 2:48pm
Stubbs the cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for most of his life.
I''ve been through there many times, but haven't stopped to see Stubbs. Tourism officials say 30 to 40 people drop in to see him during the summer months.
I personally would elect any of my cats over some of the mayors that have come and gone in my home town.
Nice article,
Dec 19, 2012 3:44pm
I loved your article! I think that politics should be motivated by common interest, not self interest. And how we treat the poor, elderly and disabled members, should be a marker of health for politics and society. Cats however are pretty much motivated by self interest, but I still love them.
Dec 19, 2012 6:38pm
And here I thought such political shenanigans could only happen in Chicago...check out the 1968 Democratic Convention when the Chicago 7 (or 8) nominated a pig (Pigasus) for US president.
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