The official photoblog of Banjo Jones & The Brazosport (TX) News

8.04.2006

Kinky Friedman lights a cigar at a bar in Houston where he appeared a few days ago looking for votes in his semi-entertaining quest to become TX guv

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GO Kinky! said...

Kinky's campaign kicks a$$ because he's making money while he runs for office.

As Fox News reported, "entertainer and Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman, complete with cigar, black cowboy hat and Southern drawl, is about to star in his own reality show.

'Go Kinky,' airing on Country Music Television, follows Friedman, an independent candidate, on the campaign trail in the Lone Star State.

'Every crazy redneck in Texas is for Kinky,' Friedman told FOXNews.com from his ranch in Medina, Texas."


As an added bonus, Kinky's official campaign website reminds you that Mr. Friedman has a new book coming out.

This pro-capitalism attitude influences Kinky's political views, too. For example, one prominent feature of Kinky's campaign has been Kinky's pledge to turn over Texas public school physical education programs to corporations and charge them whatever they will pay to "get their hooks into the athletes while they’re still young."

LOL!

There is one concern I have about Kinky. The latest SurveyUSA poll show that Kinky could be doing better among Black voters. Kinky's support among likely Black voters is 6% and 4% among minorities who did not list their race. That's less than half the support among Black voters that even Governor Hairspray receives.

Kinky's support among likely Black voters was somewhat harmed as a result of this video from Kinky's appearance last November on CNBC's "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch" where Kinky explained his view that criminals should be punished by locking them in prison and making them "listen to a Negro talking to himself."

The SurveyUSA poll also shows that Kinky has the least support of all the candidates among Hispanic voters.

Again, Kinky's support among minorities is harmed by newspaper interviews where Kinky says the Tejano protesters marching in favor of immigration reform were "half playing hooky" and other newspaper interviews where Kinky says "I will divide the border into five jurisdictions, assigning one Mexican general to each and providing a trust fund for that general" and where Kinky says "all of these politicians are afraid of offending Hispanics."

Obviously, Kinky is not "afraid of offending Hispanics" – or Black voters, for that matter. It's cool that Kinky's not politically correct, but it's affecting his appeal among minority voters in Texas.

On the bright side, Kinky has some awesome quotes:

Kinky said "I am not anti-death penalty" (when speaking to regular folks) and said "let's do away with the death penalty" (when speaking to gullible liberals).

Kinky said of Bush's Iraq War "I agree with most of his political positions overseas, his foreign policy."

Kinky said what Bush has "been doing in the Near East and in the Middle East, he’s handling that well, I think."

Kinky said my "voting record doesn't look strong, but my voting record is better than Dick Cheney's."

Kinky said "I am going to see non-denominational prayer and the Ten Commandments put back in the schools."