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article imageMorris the Cat, running for mayor in Xalapa, Mexico

By Igor I. Solar     Jun 19, 2013 in Odd News
Xalapa - “Tired of voting for rats? Vote for a cat." With this motto a feline has become a popular alternative candidate for mayor of the city of Xalapa, in the eastern state of Veracruz, Mexico; “Yes, we cat” say Morris supporters.
Although it started as a joke among friends, Morris the cat already has hundreds of followers on social networking sites. Those tired of traditional two-legged politicians are enthusiastic about supporting Morris, a black and white cat, who seems to enjoy all the attention. Candidate Morris has his own website, a Twitter account and a Facebook page with over 130,000 likes.
"He eats, sleeps all day and does nothing; that qualifies him as a promising politician," said Morris' owner Sergio Chamorro, 35, who last year adopted the 10-month-old cat.
Morris's candidacy has resonated across the country. Other citizens frustrated with the official candidates have begun to nominate their pets and farm animals for the July 7 elections in 14 Mexican states. Also running for mayor are "Chon the Donkey" in Ciudad Juarez, "Tina the Hen" in Tepic, capital of Nayarit state, on the Pacific coast, "Maya the Cat" in the city of Puebla and "Tin-tan the Dog "in Oaxaca. However, most other candidates recognize Morris' campaign is much better organized including political slogans, stickers, promises, interviews with local media and international coverage.
Morris’ campaign has promised to donate the money raised by selling stickers and T-shirts to an animal shelter dedicated to caring for stray cats. Additionally, Morris is promising that if he makes a mess in office, he will at least cover it up himself rather than leave it for others to clean up.
"It's great that this campaign is showing the fiction in our elections. Every three years politicians laugh at us, it's good to laugh at them a bit, too." says university professor Giovanna Mazzotti.
Xalapa, the capital of the Mexican State of Veracruz, is a university city of 430,000 inhabitants where residents are tired of drug violence, corrupt politicians, fraudulent elections, and the murder of at least nine reporters and photojournalists within the past two years.
Members of the Electoral Institute of Veracruz are calling on voters not to waste their vote on a cat and to persevere on electing traditional politician candidates.
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