Some things you just can’t overcome
TALKEETNA, Alaska — The mayor of a sleepy Alaska town is feline fine.
The part-Manx cat clawed his way onto the political scene of Talkeetna, Alaska, through a write-in campaign shortly after he was born 15 years ago.
KTUU-TV reported (http://bit.ly/LYvzBV ) Friday that residents didn’t like the mayoral candidates years ago, so they encouraged enough people to elect Stubbs as a write-in candidate. The town has nearly 900 residents.
Although his position is honorary, Stubbs’ popularity is real. His election earned him enough press to catapult the town at the base of Mount McKinley into a tourist destination.
Residents say they’re happy that their stubby-tailed mayor is promoting tourism. The general store where Stubbs hangs out says it gets dozens of tourists a day asking for him.
Just think about the legacy of this act that happened so many years ago. I can see a dinner meeting taking place earlier this year….
Bill: So, anyway, to get down to business. Gentleman I invited you all here tonight because I’m considering a run for Congress and I hope that I can count on your support.
::: General murmuring :::
Mike: Well now, Bill, didn’t you run for Mayor a few years ago?
Bill: Well… yeah.
Mike: And Bill… didn’t you lose that race?
Bill: Uh… yeah. But that was a long time ago. I doubt that anyone would even remember it.
Mike: Well now Bill. Didn’t you actually lose that race to a kitty cat?
Bill: Stupid cat.
Mike: See now Bill that there’s your problem. See if you were to run for office the very first advertisement that your opponent would run against you would likely sound something like this….
Ten years ago, Bill ran for Mayor of the town he was born and raised in. The citizens of Bill’s home town were so horrified by the thought that Bill might become Mayor that they launched a write-in campaign for a candidate they felt more comfortable with electing. That write-in candidate won in a landslide collecting more votes than Bill and his opponent combined. That write-in candidate was a kitty cat named Mr. Stubbs. The people of Bill’s home town — people that had known him all his life — would rather have a kitty cat for Mayor than Bill. What do they know that you don’t? Vote Fred for Congress.
Bill: Stupid cat did not get more votes than Joe and me combined.
Mike: Well you see, Bill, that doesn’t much matter… once you lose an election to a kitty cat you really can’t ever run again. Cause nobody is ever going to forget that.