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Can You Believe Who Was Elected?

The American electorate has an unflattering history of choosing unqualified individuals to hold public office. In many cases, the candidates have turned out to be real dogs, cats, pigs or mules.

Limberbutt McCubbins
In the U.S. 2016 presidential election, Limberbutt McCubbins officially registered with the Federal Election Commission as a Democratic candidate, despite being a male cat from Kentucky. His candidacy was promoted by high school students with the campaign slogan "Meow Is The Time".  They found it ludicrously easy to register a candidate and successfully pressured the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to make reforms.

Maine Coon
Recently, the small town of Cormorant, Minnesota, elected a 7-year-old Great Pyrenees named Duke to be its mayor. The pet pooch won with 12 votes.

Back in 1938, Boston Curtis was elected Republican precinct committeeman for the town of Milton, Washington, despite the fact that he was a brown mule. His candidacy was arranged by the town's Democratic Milton Mayor, to demonstrate that the average voter had no idea who he was supporting.

Maine Coon
Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, the Democrats' candidate for Vice President in 2016, has some experience with those kinds of voters. In 2012, he was opposed on the Virginia ballot for U.S. Senate by Hank, a Maine Coon, who managed to get more than 6,000 votes.

Angry Pig Poster
Getting elected President of the U.S. takes a lot more votes, obviously, but candidates have few requisites and don't even have to get the most votes. In 1968, Pigasus the hog was nominated for U.S. President by the Yippies, including prominent activists Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, but failed to win the election because he was arrested during his candidacy “speech” along with several Yippies and was never heard from again. Some speculate that the arresting officers took him home for dinner.

Most elections putting unqualified animals into public office are annulled, but in the town of Lajitas, Texas, the duly elected mayor Clay Henry Sr. served from 1986 until his death in 1992. Lajitas is an unincorporated community, however, where the position of mayor is merely symbolic. Mayor Clay Henry's primary function was to attract tourists.

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