Today on the (much) lighter side of political news: A cat named Hank is running for Congress in Virginia. Minus the fact that he's a cat, he's doing what every modern-day politician dreams of: Going viral.
Hank, who hails from the town of Springfield, has a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account. He's also got his own campaign commercial. It makes some good points -- it may actually be one of the more inspirational ads we've seen this season. And he's no fool: His platform is job creation and he's a marketing whiz with a bevy of promotional materials, including 'Hank for Senate' stickers and T-shirts. He's amassing volunteers to help him get the word out. And for a cat, he knows quite a lot about press kits.
Hank is "going up against" former Virginia governors George Allen (R) and Tim Kaine (D), humans* who have been waging a contentious race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator James Webb (D) this year, reports Maggie Fazeli Fard in The Washington Post. In comparison to Allen's apparent lack of understanding of "how birth control pills work nor the full impact of a 'personhood amendment,'" Hank seems so... reasonable, and healthily focused on the issue of jobs at the micro and macro level.