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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Kinky Friedman for Governor of Texas

Who says America isn't the land of opportunity any more?

Kinky Friedman is running for governor of Texas. Seeing as GWB got the job at one point, you'd have to admit his chances are better than good. Young Americans say that their primary source of news is the John Stewart's parody Daily Show, so they'll probably hear ol' Kinky out.

What a country!

First famous for his Tex-rock band, The Texas Jewboys, now a mystery novelist read by both presidents Clinton and Bush, according to an AP story, Friedman says he he wants to move into the governor's mansion "because I need the closet space."

I learned about this on The Yada Yada Yada Blog
Rock steady
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has sued the online Jewish Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over alleged trademark infringements of the rock hall's name. "The idea that the public could possibly be confused between a large museum backed by any number of corporations and a Web site run by a couple of Jewish guys is kind of nuts," said David Segal, one of the founders of the Jewish rock hall. We said the same thing when Newsweek tried contacting us.
And there's more at Kinky Friedman news
Despite the campaign slogans "How Hard Can it Be?" and "Why the Hell Not?" Friedman seems serious about making a run for the Texas top spot, apparently emboldened by the successful runs of wrestler Jesse Ventura in Minnesota and Arnold Schwarzenegger in California. Among his campaign pet peeves: the "wussification" of Texas due to political correctness run amok.
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Friedman's nearly two dozen books include one called "Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned." His campaign bumper stickers proclaim: "Why Not Kinky?"

His humor often plays on his Jewish background. He quotes Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, both friends, and he views the success of Jesse Ventura in Minnesota and Arnold Schwarzenegger in California as a sign he can prevail similarly in Texas.
...more about his record and a collection of all the news stories at Kinky Friedman news

And the official announcement
Reuters
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Texas humorist Kinky Friedman, who wrote the song "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Any More," announced on Thursday his independent candidacy for the state's governorship.
Friedman, joking he wants to move into the governor's mansion "because I need the closet space," launched his drive to become the state's first independent governor since Texas Revolution hero Sam Houston in 1859 in front of the Alamo.

Wearing a black cowboy hat and sporting a trademark lit cigar, Friedman's announcement was carried nationally on the MSNBC morning show hosted by radio personality Don Imus.

The author of numerous books, columns and songs he performed with his bar band "The Texas Jewboys," Friedman, 60, stressed he'll use humor to frame a serious candidacy in the Republican-dominated state.

"Don't worry about my lack of experience," Friedman said. "Trust me. I'm a Jew. I'll hire good people."
What a punch line! He's got a lot of them.

// posted by Ellen @  19:42   //Permalink// 
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