According to Sergio Chamorro, his 10 month old kitten Morris is the purrfect candidate to run for mayor of Xalapa, in Veracruz, Mexico. A university town of 450,000, Xalapa has become a hot bed of corruption scandals and drug violence, as well as the murders of (at least) nine photojournalists and reporters.
“He sleeps all day and does nothing!” exclaimed the 35-year old office worker, who (like thousands of others of his fellow countrymen) has become weary and disillusioned by politicians who “talk big at election time and do nothing once in office.”
In fact, a survey conducted last year by Mitofsky polling agency found that politicians and government officials ranked among the least trusted people out of 15 institutions in Mexico, topped by “universities and the Catholic Church.”
“In this state there is no rule of law, there is no respect for human rights, there are no institutions,” states 48-year old professor Giovanna Mazzotti, who is among those who have taken Morris’s campaign slogan of “Tired of Voting for Rats? Vote for a Cat,” as a rallying call for change. “It’s great that this campaign is showing the fiction in our elections. Every three years politicians laugh at us, it’s good to laugh at them a bit, too.”
For those who still consider this to be a joke, Chamorro and Morris’s campaign managers are asking supporters to write-in the cat’s name or draw a cat’s face on the July 7th ballot as a message to government officials, who are now beginning to recognize the growing power behind his popularity, including the fact that Morris’s Facebook page shows more than 115,000 “likes,”, while.the leading human candidate for mayor Americo Zuniga, had only 33,000 on his page as of as of last Friday.
In addition, his campaign as inspired other animal candidates to be added to ballots in 14 other Mexican states in cluding Tintan (dog) in Oaxaca City, Chon (Donkey) in Ciudad Juarez, Tina (chicken) in Tepic, and fellow feline Maya in Puebla.
Win or lose, it should be noted that Morris’s handlers have pledged that monies raised through the sale of his campaign T-shirts and stickers, etc. will be given to local animal shelters.