Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Hank the Cat Runs for U.S. Senate
The Springfield, Va. cat’s Senate campaign has become an online sensation. The cat’s owner, 36-year-old Anthony Roberts, says the “Hank for Senate” website has been jammed following a recent spate of publicity.
According to his campaign website, Hank is an “energetic, inspiring, and real” candidate, and unlike so many other political frontrunners, he wasn’t born with a “silver spoon.”
The nine-year-old cat was rescued by Animal Allies, a volunteer organization based in Fairfax Station, Va. His campaign has been publicized on his website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Roberts said he and his partner, 34-year-old Matthew O’Leary, started the campaign as an inside joke. But he now relishes the opportunity to use Hank to mock the political status quo.