Cat Senate Campaign Has More Facebook Fans Than Human Rival
11:45 am, March 9th | by Laura Donovan
If you’ve ever felt inadequate because YouTube sensation Boo the Pomeranian is more famous than you’ll ever be, rest assured knowing you’re probably in the same boat as Tim Kaine, who has fewer Facebook fans than Senate seat rival Hank the cat.
The Hank Senate campaign said in a press release Friday that the 9-year-old Maine Coon is now more popular than human rival Kaine on Facebook. Less than two months old, Hank’s Facebook page boasts 14,141 “likes” whereas Kaine’s Facebook page, which hasn’t embraced Timeline yet (there’s the problem!), has 13,913 “likes.” Given the amount of press he has received, we’re not surprised that the feline is faring so well on social media, but does Hank’s unforeseen popularity pose a real threat to Kaine?
“I’m not sure what it means for the Kaine campaign, as we’ve reached out to him several times but we haven’t received a response yet,” Matthew O’Leary, Hank’s campaign manager, told The Jane Dough.
O’Leary, who launched the campaign to make a statement about “the farce that is our political system,” says the endeavor is no longer just a joke.
“I do think, however, that Hank can be a serious contender in the race for the Senate seat in November, all comedy aside, and that politicians everywhere should take close note of how many people are willing to support a cat over seasoned political veterans, and what this says about America’s distrust of our elected officials,” O’Leary said. “We have no doubts we will also surpass George Allen in good time!”
That will be a tough task to fulfill, as Allen’s Facebook page has more than 43,000 Facebook “likes,” but the Hank campaign has already drawn more attention than many expected, so it isn’t a completely unrealistic goal. If Hank gains higher Facebook Klout than Allen, however, we’re certain Allen’s friendly relationship with Hank will end.
The reality, though, is not that Hank is an animal and therefore incapable of keeping the state of Virginia in check, but that those who experience a significant amount of success in a short period of time are often resented by jealous haters. It’s our hope that Hank’s climb to the top won’t result in more attack ads.