If you thought Hank the Cat would get a free pass this election just because he’s a cat, then you obviously don’t know the nasty world of professional politics.
Hank, the Maine Coone running for Senate in Virginia, is the subject of a new attack ad. And it’s just brutal.
Called “Hank for Senate? No Way,” the new ad calls attention to all sorts of questions regarding Hank’s past — his alleged use of cat nip, his birth certificate, and his stance on forcing female cats to undergo an ultrasound before getting spayed.
Perhaps most damning of all, the ad asks: “Should a Maine Coone really be running for Senate in Virginia?”
But Matthew O’Leary, Hank’s campaign manager, said his candidate is unfazed by the attacks.
“He’s still taking his daily naps and getting excited about cheese,” O’Leary told The Huffington Post. “He was a bit grumpy for his last televised interview, but that appeared to be because it was too close to dinnertime, so we’re scheduling his appearances for midafternoon and he’s doing well.”
As far as being pegged as a fat cat, O’Leary said Hank’s 12 pounds is normal for his age and breed.
The attack ad was posted to YouTube by the group The Big Honkin’, which is made up of a writers, directors, actors from Virginia. The Super PAC Canines for a Feline Free Tomorrow, however, is said to be funding the ad.
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