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Not many mayors in the United States enjoy belly rubs from their constituents. Then again, most mayors don't prance around town naked and curl up for naps in front of local businesses.

For 15 years, Stubbs the cat has held the top office in Talkeetna, Alaska. And his approval ratings have never been higher. 

"He doesn't raise our taxes -- we have no sales tax. He doesn't interfere with business. He's honest," said Lauri Stec, manager of Nagley's General Store, which doubles as the mayor's office. 

Stubbs may be the only mayor in the country who rose to office as an infant. 

"He was in a box full of kittens in the front of the store, and (the owners) were giving them away," Stec said. She picked "Stubbs" because he had no tail. 

Soon afterward, residents weren't happy with any of the human candidates in the upcoming mayoral election and voted for Stubbs as a write-in candidate. The kitten won. 

Because Talkeetna is a "historical district," the mayoral post is more symbolic than functional, said Andi Manning, president of the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce. So most residents are fine with a four-legged feline running the show. 

But the power, apparently, has gotten to Stubbs' furry head. 

"All throughout the day I have to take care of the mayor. He's very demanding," said Skye Farrar, a clerk at Nagley's. "He meowed and meowed and meowed and demanded to be picked up and put on the counter. And he demanded to be taken away from the tourists. Then he had his long, afternoon nap."

In addition, the mayor will only drink water from a wine glass that has catnip in it, Stec added. 

But most everyone is willing to put up with the mayor's high-maintenance lifestyle, especially because he's a big tourist attraction for the community of about 800 human beings. 

Manning said the mayor frequently draws dozens of tourists who are en route to other Alaska destinations such as Mount McKinley. 

And as of late Monday night, the Mayor Stubbs Facebook page had well over 6,000 subscribers.

But Stubbs remains true to his community, often showing up in local businesses -- albeit unexpectedly. 

"When my building burned down in 2002, he was the last to come out of it," said Todd Basilone, owner of Mountain High Pizza Pie in Talkeetna. "He's always in the restaurant. Stubbs wanders into every place in town."

Even though dogs run loose and outnumber people in Talkeetna, he said, the canines seem to respect Stubbs' authority. 

"I've never seen a dog mess with him," Basilone said.

Though the mayor generally receives positive reviews for his laissez-faire politics, he is guilty of frequently sleeping on the job. 

"His biggest political rivals would be other local businesses that would hate that he comes over and takes a nap and leaves fur everywhere. They aren't big fans of him," Farrar said. "We usually say, 'You have to deal with it. He runs the town.'"

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/17/us/alaska-cat-mayor/

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A Cat Mayor Just 'Announced' His Campaign For Senate In Alaska

 

Stubbs the Cat, the honorary mayor of a small Alaskan city, apparently wants to shake up the state's highly competitive Senate race.

In an Election Day press release "announcing" the last-minute campaign, people purporting to represent the cat urged Alaskans to write in Stubbs' name as a protest vote against the mainstream candidates.

"When asked if this was just a hairball idea or if he was truly serious, Stubbs replied, 'I don’t believe my personal hygiene is any of your business,'" the press release said.

Stubbs is actually said to be mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, which has a population of less than 1,000. Last year Stubbs drew national headlines when he was mauled by a dog. The press release touting his candidacy on Tuesday referenced this attack in order to stress the cat's ability to relate to everyday Alaskans.

"And Stubbs stands up for the issues that matter: As the survivor of a brutal assault, Stubbs knows what it's like to fear for his life. So Stubbs is a staunch advocate of Alaskans’ Second Amendment rights," the statement said.

The campaign also released a video decrying both Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and his GOP rival, Dan Sullivan, for their alleged connections to special interests:

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Update (6:14 p.m.): A campaign spokesperson claiming to be named "Polly Purebred" issued this statement to Business Insider: "The campaign is by Alaskans for Alaskans who've realized that Stubbs is the best Catidate for the job. Stubbs was elected mayor in 1997 and recently retired in preparation to run for US senate as he realized that Alaskans needed a resounding voice, even if its in the form of a meow."

http://www.businessinsider.com/a-cat-mayor-just-announced-his-campaign-for-senate-in-alaska-2014-11

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Just trying to keep you guys up to date on Alaskan politics.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Calbrooks

Just trying to keep you guys up to date on Alaskan politics.

Pics of a scantily clad Palin will do, thank you very much.

A government big enough to give you everything you want.....is a government big enough to take away everything you have. Ronald Reagan

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After staging an unsuccessful last-minute write in campaign for the Alaskan senate, Stubbs the Cat has retired from his post as mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska.

He’s the quintessential rough-and-tumble Alaskan, having survived a BB gun attack, falling into a deep fryer (fortunately, not hot at the time), a ride in a garbage truck out of town, and most recently, the attempted assassination by a local dog who could not tolerate living in a town with a cat as mayor.

The brutal assassination attempt left Stubbs with a punctured lung, a fractured sternum and a deep wound on his side. Barely clinging to life, he was put under heavy sedation and nursed to health. After a nine-day stay at a clinic in Wasilla, he returned home and was vigorous enough to launch a run for state senate in November. His platform? NMD: No more dogs.

He’s been mayor since 1997, the longest of any who have held that post. When asked why he didn’t take the easy route and retire earlier, Stubbs said, “People aren’t adept at mayoral duties. I felt the only way to keep this town running right was to take over.”

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http://mousebreath.com/2015/01/stubbs-retired-mayor-talkeetna-alaska-enjoying-sunset-years/

The end of a golden age.

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