Elections can be hairy, which may be the reason why two students nominated a cat to run for mayor in the Mexican city of Xalapa. The black and white cat, named Morris, has amassed a large Facebook following -- with more than 11,000 likes on his page and more than 3,800 Twitter followers.
Although not on the official July 7 ballot, Morris’ growing popularity may highlight the widespread frustration over corrupt politicians, known as rats, CNN reports. Morris says he promises “no more than the other candidates” and “sleeps a lot, which is the ideal profile for a mayoral candidate,” HyperVocal reports. His campaign slogan is "Xalapa Without Rats."
“Candidates here almost never fulfill their promises,“ Jair Cuevas, one of the students who came up with the Morris campaign, told Tempo. “Our candidate promises to sleep, eat, yawn and play in the dirt, and that is what he will do if he wins the election.“
Creators of Morris’ campaign say although he may be more popular than the human candidates, it’s important residents vote to express their discontent with the political system:
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE MORRIS HOUSE CAMPAIGN: some humans are worried because they think we want to divert the intention to vote … NOTHING MORE FALSE, what we want is just the opposite, they go to vote, every vote counts! Not to abstain and not to blank ballots, if none of the registered candidates then convinces them to vote for me thank The candigato Morris … Express our DISCONTENT IN THE POLLS! and if your server is benefited from your valuable vote, then it will be a precedent for future citizens nominations open!! Meow!
Morris recently amped up his campaign with a new website that features an introductory video on how he got his political start. The video flashes to images of protests, burning cars and riot police.
“When I was young, life was hard,” the video states. “The world was a scary place. I didn’t understand why people did nothing. I decided if people would do nothing then I would have to stand tall.”
One of Morris’ main campaign posters resembles a well-known portrait of U.S. President Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign. If “elected,” Morris says his campaign platform is nothing more than his two-legged opponents: “to rest and to frolic."