Burnt Orange Report Regrettably Prefers Kinky Friedman for Agriculture Commissioner

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In the runoff for Agriculture Commissioner, Democrats must choose between former independent candidate Kinky Friedman, unknown Jim Hogan, and not voting in the race at all.

On the balance, we reluctantly endorse a vote for Kinky Friedman as the best of these three options.

Our staff was evenly split between endorsing Kinky and offering no endorsement. Jim Hogan failed to earn a single vote, due to his stated unwillingness to campaign on the Democratic ticket and apparent problematic behavior during his few appearances in the primary.

To find out how we came to a consensus on Kinky, read more below the jump.Here at Burnt Orange Report, this was no small decision.

This blog played a critical role in exposing Kinky's offensive stand-up routines in 2006. However, Chris Bell has endorsed his former opponent, and Friedman has already appeared at many Democratic events, is raising funds, and promises to campaign and support the ticket. Most importantly, he is making the rounds to African American groups to address his past comments.

Jim Hogan has stated that he will not campaign and will not to anything to support the Democratic cause. He seems like a troubling figure with a high potential to harm Democrats in a critical year.

Offering no endorsement does a disservice to our readers, who will be out there vigorously voting for David Alameel to be our US Senate nominee and should have some guidance on this race as well.

In the first round, we unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed Hugh Fitzsimons. He did not make the runoff. Kinky is the least harmful choice in this runoff, and if one of the two must be on the ballot this November, we'd rather have him.

Some on our staff do note that Kinky also offers the potential to engage voters who are interested in several specific parts of his platform and background — legalizing marijuana to fund education, and his tremendous work to help pets and animals. A voter who turns out to vote for Kinky has a higher likelihood of voting for Wendy Davis and the rest of the Democrats than the Republican ticket, if they vote in other races at all.

On the balance, we endorse a vote for Kinky Friedman rather than no offer no endorsement at all.

And to be clear: if you can't vote for Kinky, skip the race — Hogan doesn't merit your vote either.


Early Voting: May 19 – May 23, 2014 | Election Day: Tuesday, May 27

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Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff with any conflict of interest in a given race abstain from voting on that race.

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