Breaking from the TX Tribune: Kinky Friedman Drops Governor's Bid, Running for Ag

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The Texas Tribune has the scoop:

Friedman finalized his decision after meeting with Democratic gubernatorial candidates Bill White and Farouk Shami separately over the weekend. Friedman campaign consultant Colin Strother described the meetings with both men as “very, very good”, but Friedman is declining to endorse either Democratic candidate at this point. Friedman's visit with White at the mayor's Houston home was the first time the two had met; Friedman and Shami have been personal friends for many years and share a key ally  — John McCall, who financed much of Friedman's 2006 gubernatorial run.

“After my visit with Bill my mind was made up. There is a clear alternative for the people of Texas, and today I'm changing courses with a happy heart.,” Friedman said.

Read more at the Texas Tribune.

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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

22 Comments

  1. Not amused.
    While I don't want Kinky on the ballot anywhere, personally, I really don't understand why we aren't looking a bit further down field at the Legislative Redistricting Board.

    Why the hell are we stacking races that aren't on the LRB with primary opponents, instead of taking the longer view?  If he has to continue with the self-aggrandizing joke of running for a statewide office, could he at least go for one that doesn't already have a solid candidate?

    I mean no offense to Bill Burton, but I'd rather see Friedman in the Land Commissioner's race, or perhaps Comptroller-where there is no Democrat filed.

    I'm supporting Hank Gilbert for Ag Commission. The End.

    • I agree here
      Agriculture Commissioner was the last office I wanted to see Kinky switch to run for.  He could have gotten even activist Democratic support if he gave us a reasonable shot at taking back a Redistricting Board seat, but I think we'll all be sticking to Gilbert, here.  At least the ones who already liked him there, which is a very large percentage.

    • Kinky for Comptroller? Are you kidding?
      Whoever is comptroller should have at least half of a working brain.  Even if Grandma Carol Keeton McClellan Rylander Strayhorn managed to do the job.

      The Democratic Party loses credibility when unqualified candidates win in the primary.  We need a candidate for comptroller who knows how to save the state money.

      That's Why the Hell Not.

  2. TexianPolitico on

    Kinky is a clown
    I don't understand why he would run for Ag Commish. I don't know a single progressive that will support him in the primary. He's a sorry sad act that needs to just go away.

  3. Sigh
    I'm somewhere between being happy that Kinky is out of the Governors race, but sad that it's into a race with Gilbert, and unsure how I'd feel if he were actually anywhere else on the ballot.

    Then again, it will make Hank work for the nomination and may elevate the awareness of that race a bit more compared to others. Hopefully it won't waste a lot of resources on a pointless primary.  

  4. Glass half full or half empty?
    I can't help but think that Gilbert brought this primary upon himself by offering such a stupid endorsement after he dropped out of the Governor's race.

    That being said, I'm glad Friedman dropped out of the Governor's race and now it is up to us to make sure Gilbert defeats him in March.

  5. Chances
    I have a bad feeling that Kinky may easily beat Hank Gilbert just based on name recognition. Let's face it, there are a lot of primary voters out there who know nothing about Ag Commish when they go to vote. What do others think about Gilbert's chances against Kinky?

    • Gilbert should win the primary
      and he's got my support. But if can't beat Kinky, it means he would have been a very weak candidate in November, anyway.

      Hank's problem is that he has very little visibility and very few dollars to spend on upping his profile. Kinky will make him spend dollars (bad), but he'll also generate a lot of free publicity that Hank couldn't possibly generate on his own (good). It's anybody's guess which is more important.  

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