Stubbs the cat draws tourists to Talkeetna, Alaska as the town’s long-time mayor

By Megan Carpentier
Monday, July 16, 2012 9:30 EDT
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Politicians everywhere might work just a little bit harder today, after news got out this weekend that one of the country’s best-loved politicians is a cat named Stubbs.

According to locals in Talkeetna, Alaska, the cat — who’s been in office for 15 years — first won his office because enough of the town’s 900 residents were so sick of the local politicians that they started a write-in campaign for Stubbs instead. He won, and they have been reelecting him ever since.

Mayor Stubbs, as he goes by on his Facebook page, reportedly only keeps one regular appointment: at Nagley’s general store in the afternoon, where he’s served a glass of catnip and water.

Watch the video, first posted by KTUU-TV on July 13, 2012, below:

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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