Why not, this is Virginia we are talking about?
O'Leary ran Hank as a write-in candidate in the recent state senate race as a joke. But when the four-legged underdog garnered nine votes, O'Leary was convinced Hank should aspire to higher office.
"He definitely has the face for politics we think."
O'Leary and his partner Anthony Roberts started the campaign as a bit of an inside joke, but now relish the opportunity to use Hank to mock the political status quo.
Hank even has a humble personal story. When he was five weeks old, he was almost put down when O'Leary and Roberts decided to take him in as a foster pet. They eventually adopted him.
Like any savvy campaigner, he's got an ad, stickers, signs and even a Facebook page.
"Just in the past 24 to 36 hours he's gotten about 2500 likes on his Facebook page already," O'Leary said.