On a recent visit to the lovely mountain town of Idyllwild, CA, I came to a delightful discovery about the identity of the town’s mayor. He was identified in a flyer as the friendly sounding Mayor Max.
Turns out the mayor is a dog, and his glorious full name is Maximus Mighty-Dog Mueller II. Max and his chiefs of staff, Mitzi and Mikey, have been re-elected several times by the town’s enthusiastic populace, and by the looks of the town they’re doing a fine job.
As a non-incorporated town, Idyllwild had no official mayor position until in 2012 Max was elected out of a group of animal candidates selected by the Animal Rescue Friends charity. The original Max died in office about a year later having served honorably, and was replaced by the current mayor Maximus II.
Max isn’t the only animal politician around either. Here are some of our our favorites.
Pigasus the Immortal – Candidate for U.S President in 1968 (very briefly)
A protest candidate for the presidential nomination announced at the 1968 Democratic convention, Pigasus caused quite the ruckus at his announcement (as if there wasn’t enough of a ruckus in the area already). The pig was brought into town by several Youth International Party members, or Yippies. He was promptly arrested along with seven Yippies at his unveiling after just a single line of his announcement speech was read. Later in jail, a police officer allegedly told the Yippies that they’d spend the rest of their lives in jail, as Pigasus had “squealed” on them.
This was untrue, Pigasus would never do such a thing.
The people behind the campaign justified their selection of a pig with this undying logic :
“if we can’t have him in the White House, we can have him for breakfast.”
Stubbs the cat – current mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska.
Stubbs was elected mayor of the small Alaska town of Talkeetna in 1997, and continues to serve to this day. He allegedly got the name Stubbs because upon his discovery in an empty parking lot it was noted that he had no tail.
Spending most of his days at the local general store, Stubbs has become a tourist attraction, attracting many strange people who would travel to the most distant corner of the country just to see a cat. It’s a great world.
Murt “Murtle the Turtle” Kennard
Murt was a popular president of the New Zealand regional “republic” of Whangamomona. The republic was born after residents protested to a redrawing of the country’s regions in 1989, and decided to break off and declare independence.
They promptly elected a man as president who had no idea he was on the ballot, and after his 10-year term selected Billy Gumboot, a goat who reportedly won by eating all the other contestant’s ballots.
The most recent animal president was Murt the turtle, who died earlier this year, and was then replaced by the local pub owner.
Finally, the current presidential election in the United States has attracted a few interesting candidates, including Louisiana’s Crawfish B. Crawfish. Mr. Crawfish is – unsurprisingly – a crawfish. His campaign started as an attempt to prove that even a crawfish could get more support for a presidential campaign than state governor Bobby Jindal. His current poll numbers are unavailable.
On the democratic ticket, Kentucky cat Limberbutt McCubbins is hoping to score the nomination and become the first cat to officially dominate all of America. Limberbutt is running with the topical “Meow is the time” slogan. Best of luck to both Mr. Crawfish and Limberbutt.