Monday, June 10, 2013

Cat running as mayor in beleaguered Mexican city promises to sleep, eat and yawn if he wins

Frustration with do-nothing politicians has sparked a surreal situation in the eastern Mexican city of Xalapa, where a cat has been nominated in the upcoming mayoral election.

Morris, the feline candidate, promises to "rid the city of rats," a local euphemism for corrupt politicians. Besides going after rats, Morris only says that he will eat, sleep, yawn and conduct other cat-like activities. His campaign manager say that this is exactly why you should vote for him.

"Candidates here almost never fulfill their promises," said Jair Cuevas, who came up with the Morris campaign. "Our candidate promises to sleep, eat, yawn and play in the dirt and that is what he will do if he wins the election."

An interview with Morris the would-be mayor.

YouTube link.

Morris will not be allowed on the ballot in Xalapa. But his campaign staff are asking people to write his name on the ballot on election day nevertheless, or draw the face of a cat, in order to send a message to the city's politicians. Officials in Xalapa have warned that ballots marked with Morris' name or any pictures of felines will be counted as invalid votes.

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