Cat proposed as mayor of Mexican state capital Xalapa
32 days before the mayoral election in Xalapa, capital of the Mexican state of Veracruz, a feline candidate is making a mockery of the ruling coalition's politicians on social networks.
"Candigato Morris" has his own iconic posters and other campaign materials, and has captured the public fancy with such slogans as "no more rats in Xalapa" and "in Xalapa it suits you to vote for another animal; vote for Morris".
According to his Facebook profile, Morris, who was born in Xalapa, "promises no more than the other candidates" and "sleeps a lot, which is the ideal profile for a mayoral candidate."
It's yet to be seen whether the candigato's weakness for "quilts, sheets, pollows, couches, and clothing in general" will be his undoing. Still, given his charisma (and the fact that his campaign page has over 18,000 'likes'), the PAN and PRD coalition candidates may be in serious trouble come July 7.
Campaign organizers Daniel Cruz and Sergio Chamorro have said they wish to promote turnout and encourage the formalization of citizen candidates, and continue to post in support of the campaign:
EXPRESS OUR DISCONTENT IN THE POLLS! and if your server benefits from your valuable vote, then it will be a precedent for future open citizen nominations!! Miauuu!
Morris' affiliation is listed as "cat anarchist" (anarquigato). He has also been proposed as a candidate for the local legislature, given his proven ability to "sit around and yawn". [tip: bluepaw1]