Forget Red Or Blue. These Political Animals Are Actually Running For U.S. Office

Everybody’s talking about California’s midterms, but they should really be looking north into Oregon, where a cat is a leading contender in a local mayoral race.

Leonardo F. Bend, or just Leonard to friends, is a lifelong Bend resident and business-cat with a background in “mousing” and art. His owners, Abby and Stuart, got Leonard his current gig at Bright Place Gallery, where the cat – dressed to impress with a red bow tie – works as a greeter.

Photo: Facebook/Leonardo F. Bend
Photo: Facebook/Leonardo F. Bend

Abby and Stuart have also encouraged Leonard’s current political run, noting that “humans have made a mockery of the political process.” Even if Leonard doesn’t win the official title, the trio plans to donate his campaign contributions to animal welfare groups, including Bend Spay & Neuter Project and The Humane Society.

But Leonard’s owners aren’t the only people who, considering today’s polarized political climate, would rather have a cat or dog in charge. After winning a write-in contest in 1997, a short-tailed cat, Stubbs, served as the mayor of Talkeetna, AK, for 20 years, with soaring approval ratings envied by most of his human counterparts.

Photo: Facebook/Stubbs Mayor Cat
Photo: Facebook/Stubbs Mayor Cat

Down south in Kentucky, the town of Rabbit Hash has enjoyed a succession of canine mayors since 1998. In Cormorant, Minnesota, a Great Pyrenees named Duke was recently elected to his third mayoral term. Apparently, the contest wasn’t even close.

Photo: Facebook/Duke the Dog Mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota
Photo: Facebook/Duke the Dog Mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota

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Unfortunately, one 3-year-old Vizsla, Angus, recently saw his political ambitions dashed when Kansas’ attorney general clarified that dogs can’t actually run for governor, jeopardizing his pro-ball, anti-squirrel agenda. “I thought, ‘Hey, why not Angus?’” the dog’s owner and campaign manager, Terran Woolley, recalled to The Hutchinson News. “He’s a good dog, he’s smart. And I think he could provide better leadership than what we’ve had the last seven years in our state.”

Photo: Facebook/Facebook/Life with Angus the wire haired vizsla
Photo: Facebook/Life with Angus the wire haired vizsla
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