MAYOR STUBBS

Animals, Get a Job

Not content with ruling over the internet and the world of twee spellings, cats have discreetly begun to make their mark on the world of American politics.

It all began in 1997 when the sleepy little town of Talkeetna in Alaska decided that they weren’t happy with any of the human candidates who were running for the town’s mayorship, and somebody made a joke about electing Stubbs, a newborn kitten as Mayor instead. The problem with using satire in a town of only 900 people is that it can spread like wildfire, and can lead to inexplicable consequences like Stubbs scoring an upset victory and being sworn in as the first four legged mayor of…well, pretty much anywhere.

The arrangement obviously seems to be working well, because he was reelected for the fifteenth time last June, and his approval ratings have always been through the roof. According to Lauri Stec, the manager at Nagley’s General Store, which doubles up as the Mayor’s office  “He doesn’t raise our taxes—we have no sales tax. He doesn’t interfere with business. He’s honest.”

He might be guilty of napping on the job, but then which politician isn’t?

Image: via Nagley’s General Store