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Friday, May 12, 2006

The Kinkster goes over the top.

Musician, writer, and iconoclast Kinky Friedman looks to be on the November ballot as an independent candidate for governor of Texas. To get on the ballot, Friedman needs 45,540 certified signatures. On Thursday, his grassroots campaign turned in 11 boses of petitions containing 169,000 signatures — more than enough to ensure that Friedman will be certified for the ballot.

Kinky Friedman poster by Guy JukeFrom Friedman's statement as he delivered petitions to the state capitol:

"Today, the people of Texas are sending a message to the politicians who have run our beloved state into the ground. The people have spoken loud and clear. It's time to take our state back from the Republicans and Democrats who've caused this train wreck. We're going to make Texas great again. We cannot be stopped," Friedman said....

"In these boxes are the signatures of Texans representing every single county in the state," Friedman said. "And they're all saying the same thing. 'We're angry, and it's time for change. The politicians who got us into this mess are not the same politicians who are going fix Texas. We want a chance to vote for someone who loves Texas, has no personal agenda and is going to listen to the people. They know I'm that person.'"

Friedman's candidacy was not taken seriously when he announced for governor last year. Many observers thought he'd be unable to collect enough signatures to meet Texas' requirements for an independent candidacy, which are some of the toughest in the country. Once Friedman's signatures are certified by the secretary of state's office, he'll be joining three other candidates — a Libertarian, a Democrat, and an independent right-wing candidate — who are trying to replace the current governor, Republican Rick Perry. It should be a very interesting election.

Friedman's campaign website is here. I highly recommend the campaign videos which, as I said the last time I posted about Friedman, are the damndest campaign ads I've ever seen.

Thanks to Doug Krile for the tip about the signatures.

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