Kinky Friedman is running for Texas AG Commissioner. He has drawn two opponents in the Democratic Primary; Jim Hogan and Hugh Ftizsimons. Hogan is a dairy man/cattle rancher from Cleburne, Texas. Hogan has done little to openly campaign and is not considered a viable player. Fitzsimons is a Professor/Bison Rancher/Honey producer. According to some circles, Fitzsimons has been endorsed by God, and has 4 times as much campaign money as Kinky Friedman. So, I see it as the classic David v. Goliath saga: Big Money Establishment vs. the Kinkster.
Fitzsimons posted this about Kinky:
If you are voting in the Democratic Party primary, you may be tempted to vote for Kinky Friedman for agriculture commissioner. He’s a clever self-promoter running on marijuana legalization, and his name is next to a position that you probably don’t know much about. It makes for a good chuckle in the voting booth, while he laughs all the way to the bank and this year’s election becomes just another one of his jokes. http://hughfortexas.com/blog/
I call BULLSHIT.
So, having a sense of humor limits your effectiveness, eh? I know many funny, successful people.
What about Al Franken, funny man turned Senator;
What about Governor Ann Richards?
Being funny never hurt Molly Ivin’s credibility;
I am a Democrat. I support my candidates; I do not, however, support the State Party leadership and some Democrat candidates when it comes to their positions on Kinky Friedman.
(DISCLAIMER: Shit’s about to get real)
As Nanny often said to me, “Don’t upset the Apple cart, Annie.” Most of the time, she was dead on with her advice, but when it comes to this issue, the cart needs topplin’ and the apples must be counted.
I support Kinky Friedman and I don’t give a DAMN who knows it.
Kinky doesn’t lie and he doesn’t mince words. He is not going to sway to the demands of the party for the parties’ sake. Of course, the party bureaucrats and high-falutin’ candidates want to snub their noses at him—because he is not a party puppet. That makes party officials nervous. Kinky will do what politicians SHOULD DO-– act according to the to the people… regardless of political affiliation.
Kinky’s political views do not fit neatly in a box bearing the label of a particular party. He is not a manufactured Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Independent for that matter. Yet the restrictive nature of our 2-party system forces candidates to align with the party that most resembles their own political views, and everybody knows Kinky leans to the left.
I don’t apologize to people who try to intimidate. I don’t apologize to people with an agenda. I never apologize for the truth….Texas is my country,truth is my religion – and fuck ‘em, fuck ‘em if they can’t take a Joke- Kinky Friedman
Put that in your pipe and smoke it. -Annie