Animal Candidates

The "I Can Has Happy" blog has posted a list of animal candidates. That is, animals (and one plant) who have been nominated as political candidates.

The list includes Tião, a "bad-tempered chimpanzee" who was a candidate for mayor of Rio de Janeiro in 1988; Junior Cochran, a black lab who is mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky; Bosco, a black Labrador-Rottweiler who was mayor of Sunol, California for ten years; Molly the Dog, who is currently running for President of the United States; and Boston Curtis, the mule who was elected Republican precinct committeeman in Milton, Washington. (I've got an article about Boston Curtis in the hoaxipedia.)

But my favorite is the cat Katten Mickelin, who was leader of the Swedish Ezenhemmer Plastic Bags and Child Rearing Utensils Party. I just like the name of that party.

The one plant on the list is a potted ficus tree that Michael Moore tried to place on the ballot in the 2000 New Jersey congressional race.

Animals Politics

Posted on Tue Mar 11, 2008


Little-known fact: the ficus tree actually won the election in 2000 and has been President since then.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Mar 12, 2008  at  01:38 AM
Didn't some animal rights group put Tiao on the ballot as part of their lawsuit to have him declared human so they could take custody of him? Or was that some other lawsuit? And animals, and plants, aren't the only candidates for public office who do not fit the legal requirements, we've had dead people run, and vote, and even illegally get elected.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Wed Mar 12, 2008  at  11:00 AM
Even a ficus tree could probably do a better job than some of the people wo get elected... NZ was never so productive, peaceful & happy as during a three-month interval after the 1998 general (parliamentary) election. (For reasons too complicated to explain now).
Posted by Dale Irwin  in  Waiheke Island, NZ  on  Sun Mar 16, 2008  at  07:14 PM
Thank you for the link! Feel free to come vote in our tournament of presidents...

The Tournament of Presidents
Posted by Molly the Dog  on  Sun Jun 15, 2008  at  04:27 PM
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