Va. Senate Candidate: Hank the Cat

Feline is facing off against Tim Kaine, George Allen for Jim Webb's seat
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2012 3:02 PM CST
Meet Hank the cat, an Independent from Springfield running for the Senate seat Jim Webb is vacating after a single term.   (Hank for Senate)

(Newser) – Virginians have a couple of predictable picks in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Webb: Democrat Tim Kaine, a former governor, or Republican George Allen, also a, uh, former governor. But for those yearning in their souls to vote for a non-former governor, meet Hank. The Springfield native is diving into what has so far been something of a catfight, reports the Washington Post.

Not only is Hank not a former governor, he is a current feline, and "a proud Independent" with “real world experience, a unique point of view, and limitless energy." He's also got a website, Facebook page, Twitter account, arguably better sartorial sense than either Kaine or Allen, and a platform: job creation. And while Allen, at least, is on his second political life, Hank has at least seven more beyond that. Stay tuned.

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