Voting for a Chimp

In November 1988, Tião, a chimpanzee, was nominated as mayoral candidate of Rio de Janeiro on behalf of the Brazilian Bananist Party; he received more than 400,000 votes. The idea of having an ape run as candidate came from a group of comedians that intended to highlight the unqualified nature of the other contenders, but the popular response surpassed their expectations.

Tião the chimp received 9.5% of the vote and became the third most voted candidate during the election run and an instant celebrity, to the extent that the city even dedicated a statue in his honor after he passed away. The Electoral Tribunal, of course, dismissed the validity of the votes (something to do with electronic voting machines in Florida).

http://icanhashappy.blogspot.com/2008/03/voting-for-chimp.html

According to the article, a black Lab is currently mayor of Rabbit Hash, KY (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_Hash%2C_Kentucky), something I hadn't known after all the times I've driven through Rabbit Hash.

LPSF,

I hope electing furry animals to government office becomes a permanent local, national and international trend. I prefer furry congress critters to the fanged, double-talking, coiffed reptiles that currently hold government office. Ditto for all past administrations.

All the best,

Don Fields