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In Favor Of Leticia Van de Putte For Texas Governor

About two weeks ago I ran a guest post from Texas blogger Ted McLaughlin in support of Kinky Friedman for Governor of Texas in the 2010 campaign. Here is that post. 

Ted lives in Amarillo and writes the excellent blog Jobsanger.

This post was then picked by Mr. Friedman’s web home. Mr. Friedman should give Ted a call and thank him for his support. Ted is the real thing.

Running a blog post in favor of Mr. Friedman’s candidacy does not mean I support Mr. Friedman. As I’ve written in the past, I don’t really like Mr. Friedman or some things he has said.  

Still, I have no problem with giving people a hearing. This blog will take a short essay in favor of any Democratic candidate in Texas. 

Texas Liberal has averaged 1560 page views a day for 2009 and I’m also a featured political reader-blogger at the Houston Chronicle.   

An objection to my post about Mr. Friedman was made by Austin blogger Rachel Farris. Rachel writes Mean Rachel.  Ms. Farris said that she was going to write a post in response

Ms. Farris and I have, against the odds, come to engage in occasional correspondence on Facebook and in a few e-mails to each other.

It is surprising we correspond because my first guess about Ms. Farris was that she was a Twitter-loving, “snarky”, Austin liberal of the type I often find annoying and out-of-touch with real life outside Austin.

On the other hand, I’m pretty certain that Ms. Farris first viewed me as a nut.   

Now that we’ve exchanged some e-mails, I see that Ms. Farris is only half as bad as I first surmised, while Ms. Farris now understands that even a freak has lucid moments. 

I look forward to the day that I meet both Ted and Ms. Farris in person. 

Because, as my friends often say about me—“To know him is to seek a restraining order.”

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Ms. Farris wrote a post suggesting that Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio would make a good Governor and that she should run in the 2010 Democratic primary. 

(Above–Nancy Pelosi stares at Senator Van de Putte.)

Below is what Ms. Farris wrote. It is called Political Snowbirds: The Case for Sen. Leticia Van de Putte for Governor.      

Are the property taxes in Florida on the upswing? If so, it might begin to explain why Texas Democrats are currently staring down the barrel of two primary candidates (three if you count glory campaigner Mark Thompson) who most accurately could be described as political snowbirds. Wikipedia defines snowbirds as Northerners who seek winter warmth somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon line. In the case of Former Ambassador Tom Scheiffer (really, Texas?) and The Artist Formerly Known as an Independent, Kinky Friedman (Purple Drought – one of his classic little-known hits), the two are hoping to bask in the warmth of the new Texas Democrat. Oh, and to become Governor of Texas. Do we know how to pick ’em or what?

On second thought, don’t answer that.

One or both of these men have spent a little too much time in the humidor. The Texas Democrats that picked up Texas House seats, flipped a Texas Senate seat, and voted for Barack Obama are not looking to elect someone who’s running for Governor as a retirement plan (try my self-employed dad’s approach – bank on the heart-attack). And, as much as the establishment fantasizes about one or both of our milquetoast big spenders luring the disenchanted Republican vote, we can’t lose sight of what happens after they become Governor. We’ve learned that one the hard way.

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June 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

The Case For Kinky Friedman For Governor Of Texas In 2010

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The 2010 race for Governor of Texas is, regretfully, already under way. Republican U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson is a primary candidate for 2010 against incumbent Governor Rick Perry. Neither of these two candidates of the far-right offer much hope for Texans looking for a change from years of misrule by George W. Bush, Tom Craddick and….Kay Bailey Hutchison and Rick Perry.  

The two announced Democratic candidates for 2010 are Tom Schieffer and Kinky Friedman.

(Oops! I left out former Railroad Commission candidate Mark Thompson as a primary candidate.)  

Mr. Schieffer was Ambassador to Australia and then Japan under George W. Bush. He has supported Mr. Bush in his campaigns. Despite this connection to Mr. Bush, Mr. Schieffer is running as a Democrat.    

I can’t say I’m enthused by Mr. Schieffer.

Kinky Friedman, a performer and author, sets me on edge just looking at him. Some sort of hip singing cowboy walking around with a cigar all the time. What the hell is that?  What does any of that have to do with my majority-minority home city of Houston?

I can hardly stand to look at that picture I’ve put at the top of this post.  

Here is Mr. Friedman’s campaign web home.

Mr. Friedman ran for Governor of Texas in 2006 as an Independent. I talked to him for a few minutes during that campaign and found him to be a jerk.

But you know…..I want Texas to have a Democratic governor. I’ve lived in Texas since 1998 and as far as I can recall I have yet to see a Democrat win a statewide race for any office. How long can this go on? 

At this point, I’m at least willing to give Mr. Friedman a hearing. The candidates our Democratic Party of Texas has offered have been a string of clunkers. 

One of the best political boggers in Texas is Ted McLaughlin of Amarillo who writes the blog Jobsanger. Ted is a good liberal and a loyal Texan. His views merit consideration. 

Ted supported Mr. Friedman in 2006 and is supporting him for 2010. I asked Ted to tell me why he backs Mr. Friedman.

Here is what he wrote— 

The other day I got an interesting question from a friend of mine. Neil,… (who) wanted to know “Why do you support Kinky Friedman for governor in 2010?” Let me see if I can collect my thoughts and coherently answer that question. First, Kinky’s talent and his belief in social justice are not new to me.

I first heard of Kinky Friedman in 1973, when he put out an album named Sold American. You don’t have to listen to very many cuts off the album to know this talented Texan is a fighter for civil rights and women’s rights. And he didn’t just do that in his music. When he ran for governor in 2006 as an independent, there were some young bloggers who, in their zeal to support their own candidate, accused Kinky of being a racist. They should be ashamed of themselves for that. Kinky was on the streets in Austin protesting for civil rights before these bloggers were even a gleam in their parents’ eyes.

I’m talking about the sixties, when it took some courage to stand up for civil rights anywhere in Texas. And in all those years since that time, Kinky has not really changed. He is still an independent thinker who wants to make the lives of ordinary Texans a little better. In his own words, Kinky says, “It’s time to end corporate handouts, get rid of the death penalty, get rid of the TAKS Test, and get rid of the Republican stranglehold on this state.”

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June 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

I Will Never Vote For Kinky Friedman For Any Office

The Houston Chronicle reports that Kinky Friedman is considering running for Governor of Texas as a Democrat in 2010. In 2006 Mr. Friedman ran unsuccessfully for Governor as an independent.

I would like to say here, for the record, that I will never vote for that libertarian leaning, testosterone poisoned, immigrant hating, Hurricane Katrina evacuee bashing, no good bully no matter what.

If by some awful occurrence Mr. Friedman were the nominee of the Democratic Party for Governor of Texas in 2010, I would sit that race out as a voter.

February 11, 2009 Posted by | Immigration, Texas | , , , , , | 3 Comments