As the search continues for a missing Prospect Heights kitten, former mayoral candidate and MTA chairman Joe Lhota has taken to Twitter to deny any responsibility for its disappearance:
@GloriaPazmino I don't have the kitten. Really, I don't.— Joe Lhota (@JoeLhota) November 30, 2015
Lhota's quick response is built on years of history. In 2013, Arthur the cat was catapulted into fame after he appeared on the B and Q tracks near the Church Ave., Brooklyn stop with his sibling, August, causing delays of approximately two hours and incalculable consternation among feline fans.
Arthur, now two, eventually made his way to the center of city politics as well, when in August of that year mayoral hopefuls offered their takes on how they would have handled the kitten crisis.
Some, like Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson, said they would have rescued the cats, and likewise stopped the trains. Lhota, however, did not echo that sentiment, saying instead that he would rather prevent delays than save kittens, the New York Daily News reported.
Arthur has been missing since Nov. 28, his owner told DNAinfo, and it's clear that the cat still has a hold on Lhota's heart, irrespective of his kitten hardlining during the 2013 race.
No word yet on what the de Blasio administration will do if Arthur returns to the subway tracks.