A Cat Has Been Mayor of an Alaskan Town for the Past 15 Years

For fifteen years--almost his entire life--Stubbs the cat has had a lock on the mayoralty of Talkeetna, Alaska:

Fifteen years ago, the citizens of Talkeetna (pop. 800) didn’t like the looks of their candidates for mayor. Around that same time resident Lauri Stec, manager of Nagley’s General Store, saw a box of kittens and decided to adopt one. She named him Stubbs because he didn’t have a tail and soon the whole town was in love with him.

So smitten were they with this kitten, in fact, that they wrote him in for mayor instead of deciding on one of the two lesser candidates. Mayor Stubbs has held his position ever since.

According to local citizens, he's an effective leader:

Many citizens are genuinely happy to allow a kitteh to rule the roost. “He doesn’t raise our taxes—we have no sales tax. He doesn’t interfere with business. He’s honest,” said Stec, who converted her store into a part-time mayor’s office when Stubbs claimed victory. Not even the dogs seem to take issue with their new boss, even though there are reportedly more canines in Talkeetna than there are people. “I’ve never seen a dog mess with him,” a local business owner said.

Link -via The Agitator | Photo: Nagley's General Store

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Stubbs sounds great at first but how well do we know him?

For much of his live, Stubbs has had an addiction to catnip. All it takes to get him to rollover is a scratch under the chin and sources tell us that he licks his private areas in public sometimes even if front of children.

Stubbs is wrong for America and wrong for Alaska! Let's take back our socks and send Stubbs back to the litterbox.
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