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Jim Hogan Defeats Kinky Friedman, is Democratic Nominee for Agriculture Commissioner


by: Joseph Vogas

Thu May 29, 2014 at 05:30 PM CDT



This is Jim Hogan, the Democratic Nominee for Texas Agriculture Commissioner
For the Democratic nomination of Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Texas Democrats were stuck between a rock and a hard place. In the runoff, Democrats had to chose between humorist Kinky Friedman and some-dude Jim Hogan. Likely without much consideration, Texas Democrats decided to go with some-dude. Mr. Friedman legitimately tried to earn Democratic support this year, attending several meet and greets and had a campaign staff in place. He even earned the support of his 2006 Gubernatorial rival Chris Bell.

But history, sometimes, is just too much to overcome. Jim Hogan won the Democratic nomination by a margin of 53.70% - 46.29%. In fact, in a county by county breakdown Jim Hogan won every major urban Texas County except Hidalgo. Kinky Friedman even lost the very liberal Travis County by 179 votes. Kinky was dealing, but Texas voters were not buying.

So, Jim Hogan is the Texas Democratic nominee for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, but who is he and what can Texas Democrats expect from him going forward? Learn more below the jump.

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First of all, Jim Hogan appears to not care that he is running under the Democratic Party's banner. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported:

"Hogan, 63, is this year's Texas anti-politician. He doesn't make speeches and doesn't want donations, or any of that foolishness.

"All these party people call, and they want to talk about me being a Democrat and whether I'll campaign for them," he said.

"That's exactly what I don't want anything to do with. I'm not running to be a Democrat. I'm running because some people in Texas want somebody who cares about agriculture.""

These are words that should concern any Texas Democrat. Hogan has said he does not plan to attend the party's convention in June.

Hogan is a former farmer and said he will campaign on agricultural issues. He does not, however, have a website or official social media page to promote his ideals. He does not plan to raise money or formally campaign for the office. He claims the methods he has used to campaign so far has earned him the nomination, thus proving he does not need to change his tactics. He has rejected campaign assistance and advice, even when offered freely, from professional campaign staffers.

Emmanuel Garcia, spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party stated Hogan is free to do as he wishes but the Party will continue to point out Republican Sid Miller's terrible agenda for Texas agriculture:

"We're not going to compel candidates to do what they don't want to do, but what we can do is continue to talk about what's going on on the Republican side. If a candidate's brave enough to put their name on the ballot, they get to make their own choices about how they run their campaign."

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Voted for Jim Hogan with plenty of consideration (0.00 / 0)
I like that he is a real farmer, not a politician, and knows about agriculture.  He has studied the office of Agriculture Commissioner.  No way was I voting for Kinky, especially because I do not agree with legalizing marijuana. Jim Hogan is relatable and without faking it represents the common man and woman.  He gave an interview with a Dallas paper after the runoff where he said he is more Democrat than Republican but just does not want to get involved with politics, raising money, wasting people's money.  He's right that in a big state like Texas, raising a little cash and spending a little cash is a waste of time and money.  Let there be no illusion that any downballot candidates could really make an impact unless they spent millions of dollars.  These downballot races are not going to be shifted by Jim Hogan, Steve Brown, or John Cook spending a few thousand dollars, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Straight ticket voting means the downballot race results clump together.  

Jim Hogan relies on free media interviews.  He does campaign, he does have positions, he does want the office, he is way better than Sid Miller.  He is just being practical about it.  

I'll proudly, consciously vote for him in November.


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