Kinky Friedman 1-2 Months Away from Decision to Run for Governor. Again.

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Broken by Jonathan Tilove at the Statesman's First Reading this morning, Kinky Friedman is apparently seriously serious about running once more to replace Rick Perry as Governor of Texas.

Friedman said a decision on whether to run could come before he embarks on his Bi-Polar World Tour to Scandinavia, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria and Germany, which extends from April 3 to May 4, or shortly after his return

“This decision's got to be made pretty quickly.”

When interviewed, Friedman advocated a platform of legalizing gambling and marijuana.

“We'll either be raging, kicking and screaming as the last holdouts in 20 years on these issues or we have a chance to lead the country.”

On gambling, he said, “we invented Texas hold 'em and we can't even play it.” Instead, he said Texans' dollars go to building roads and schools in Louisiana and Oklahoma.

On marijuana, he said, legalization would be an economic boon, cripple the cartels and empty the prisons of people who shouldn't be there. Imagine, he said, wanting to put someone like Willie Nelson in prison. Friedman wrote the foreword for Nelson's book, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”

Friedman's promise to be an unconventional candidate, again, comes with no guarantee of party affiliation, and open critiques of Democrat's chances.

“In 2006, I was telling people I supported prayer in school because, what's wrong with a kid believing in something, and I supported gay marriage.”

But, he said, “If a Democrat says he's for vouchers, he's dead meat, and if a Republican says he's pro-choice, he's dead meat. It shouldn't be that way.”

He said Democrats can't simply wait on the state's demography to change.

“I just don't see how the Democras are going to win the way they're doing it. I'm not trying to start a dynasty like Rick Perry. If I ran it would be as a transitional candidate, to flip the state early, to flip the state sooner rather than waiting forever, because that s how long it takes,” absent a candidate with crossover appeal.

Kinky Friedman made no mention of the racist remarks that plagued his 2006 run for Governor as an Independent.  

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