Kinky Friedman Outlines Fundraising Committee & a Personal Note

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Almost missed this from the Statesman today.

San Antonio attorney and Friedman adviser Abel Dominguez will serve as treasurer of the campaign committee, called “Texans for Kinky.”

Dominguez orchestrated Victor Morales' victory in the 1996 Democratic U.S. Senate primary. Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower also is helping Friedman.

Jim Hightower? Really? Disappointing.

If there is anything that I'll take for comfort, it is the tone of the following statements from both the Statesman article and his campaign press release.

“I am a humorist, but I know these are not humorous times,” Friedman said in a letter to supporters. “There is a pathetic lack of leadership at the state level. The last governor who was truly on the side of the people was Ann Richards. She was a very funny lady-she was also a great governor.”

“I intend to run a serious campaign, one that grows the party,” he wrote. “I intend to play by the rules. I will endorse and campaign for whomever wins the Democratic Primary.”

A Personal Note: About a month or so ago, I briefly chatted with Mr. Friedman at the Democratic GAIN event at Opal Devine's that BOR jointly sponsored. I was likely more cordial than Matt in my words, which were few, but it was more than we exchanged in the 2006 campaign. As to that campaign, I stand by the editorial decisions I approved and directed for this site in releasing the tapes and series of posts on 'racist Kinky Friedman' which began as far back as the primary.

In our exchange, Mr. Friedman stated his primary interest was “seeing a Democrat in the Governor's mansion”. I agree with that statement (and told him so), though I have yet to be convinced that Kinky Friedman should be that Democrat.

Personally, I believe that Democrat should be Sen. Leticia Van de Putte but I recognize that there is a chance our choices might be limited to Kinky, Tom Schieffer, and maybe Gene Kelly. That's hardly the most inspiring line up for Texas progressives and it's only because there is not a clear alternative at this point to Friedman for grassroots progressives, I may wait and see how seriously he chooses to approach this campaign.

Though, Kinky Friedman does have more in common now with Carole Strayhorn. They'll each have run for office as a Republican, Independent, and as a Democrat.

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6 Comments

  1. Soechting
    Hightower has never thought very far ahead, so I doubt he had any part of any master plan to elect W President and keep Perry as Governor in 2006. Do love the quote that Hightower “caused more problems for the Democratic Party in Texas than any four legged rodent could ever hope to. Adding it to my list.  

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